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Commonly known as Sweet box
Evergreentapered, glossy, dark-green leaves to 6cm (2½in) long.
HedgeIdeal for hedgingMakes a low, informal hedge
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightDense, rounded, bushy shrub. Produces flowers in clusters of, usually, 5, in winter followed by spherical, glossy, black fruit 5mm (¼in) across.
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Full sunWill tolerate full sun if soil remains moist
Partial shadeShelter from cold winds
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Additional FeaturesBerriesThese plants have berries.Pests & DiseasesNonePlace of originWestern ChinaResistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
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Pruning groupPruning group 5Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
When: Annually after flowering.
RHS group 8
Scented PlantsScented flowers
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilModerately fertile but humus rich
WildlifeBee friendlyRabbit Resistant