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Sarcococca Hookeriana Var. Digyna 'Purple Stem' (Sweet Box)

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Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna  'Purple Stem' (sweet box)

Sarcococca Hookeriana Var. Digyna 'Purple Stem' (Sweet Box)


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Position: partial to deep shade
Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well- drained soil
Rate of growth: slow-growing to average Flowering period: December to March Flower colour: creamy-white
Other features: the flowers are followed by spherical, black or blue-black berries
Hardiness: fully hardy
A suckering, evergreen shrub that gradually forms a dense thicket. The new shoots are flushed with an attractive dark purple-pink hue which gradually fades as the stems mature. The stems are clothed with slender, tapering, dark green leaves and in winter sweetly scented, pink-tinged, white flowers appear, which are followed by rounded blue-black fruit.Garden care: In late-winter or early-spring lightly trim or prune back shoots that spoil the plant's symmetry. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost around the base of the plant.

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