Sweet Box Hedge Plants

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General Info RHS AGM, Shrub, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Shade, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky
Colour White/Cream
Type Evergreen, Hedging, Pot Grown
Ornamental Fragrant
Flowering Jan, Feb, Dec

Sarcococca confusa

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SIZES 1-9 10-2425+
2 Litre Pot Stock = 14 £14.99Stock = 14 £13.99Stock = 14 £13.00
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Sarcococca confusa: Pot-Grown Sweet Box Hedging Plants, 3 Litre Pots

This slow-growing, low maintenance, shade-tolerant evergreen winter-flowering shrub is a great all-rounder and fantastic for problem areas of the garden, or the shrub layer of woodland planting schemes. It has long, glossy, dark green leaves that clip fairly well into a low ornamental hedge up to about 1 metre.

The flowers in winter are small, white, and partially hidden by the leaves, but their strong, sweet, vanilla scent is a joy around the garden at a time when there isn't much else going on. If you don't clip them off, these mature into beautiful black fruit nestled at the base of the dark leaves.

View our selection of evergreen hedging, or our full range of garden shrubs.

Sweet Box bushes are only delivered pot-grown, year round.


  • Height: Slow growing to 2m (best kept under 1m as a hedge)
  • Soil: Any well drained. Great for dry and damp shade.
  • Use: Low evergreen hedging, urban or as a bush in a more informal garden
  • Colour: Small, vanilla scented, white flowers in Dec-Feb
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Pot grown delivery only

Growing Sweet Box

Exceptionally shade-tolerant, it will grow (slowly) in an alley with no direct sun at all.

Suitable for any well-drained soil, it is drought tolerant when established, especially if you work in plenty of organic matter before planting and mulch in spring. It is a bit more demanding in full sun, where it needs shelter from the wind, and a consistently moist soil; the leaves will be more yellow than the deep green they are in shade.

Trim after flowering, in late Winter or early Spring.

Spacing a Sweet Box hedge: Plant at 5 per metre, 20cm apart, in a single row for an immediate hedge. If you are not in a hurry, plant at 3 per metre and in a few years the root suckers will fill it up nicely.

In Your Garden Design

These are fabulous features in any garden and are ideal for winter gardens. They are excellent used in the same way you would use standard box hedging to define borders and edges. TV presenter and gardener Monty Don uses box to create a clear space around a climbing vegetable such as a runner bean, squash or pea planted around a sturdy frame. You could also plant sweet peas in the middle of a box-defined square, just making sure you have space to climb or reach over the hedge to pick them. Hydrangeas would make an excellent backdrop to the hedge allowed to grow to its full height and snowdrops would look fabulous underneath in winter, and help define the white flowers of the box. Ornamental grasses also look good paired with box, softening the rigidity of a topiary.

Did You Know?

Native to China and the Himalayas, it is also known as Christmas box, and is in the same family as Buxus, Common Box. It is popular with flower arrangers in winter, as it brings a lovely fragrance into the house

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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