Sweet Box Hedge Plants

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Misc 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
Also Good Fragrant
Flowering Jan, Feb, Dec

Sarcococca confusa

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SIZES 1-9 10-2425+
2 Litre Pot Stock = 30 £14.99Stock = 30 £13.99Stock = 30 £13.00
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Sarcococca confusa: Pot Grown Sweet Box Hedging Plants

This slow growing, low maintenance, shade-tolerant, suckering shrub is great for problem areas of the garden and the shrub layer of woodland planting schemes. It has glossy dark green leaves that clips 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 wafts around the garden at a time when there isn't much else going on. If you don't clip them off, these mature into black fruit that are likewise hard to see among the leaves.

View our selection of evergreen hedging, or our full range of hedging plants.

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
  • Colour: Small, vanilla scented, white flowers in Dec-Feb
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

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.

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.

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.

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    metres in height) the
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*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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