How to Grow Sweet Box (Sarcococca Hookerana Humilis)

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Sweet box, or sarcococca hookerana humilis, is a low evergreen shrub that is indigenous to the Himalayan region. Avoid exposing sweet box plants to heavy freezes with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on flower gardening and plant care. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to learn all about how to grow Sweet Box which is a gorgeous low growing evergreen shrub from the Himalayas. Sarcococca Hookerana is indigenous to the Himalayan region which is the mountains that are between China and India. So right in between are the Himalayan mountains. And there are some really high peaks in those mountains as well. But the Sarcococca can only go down to zone eight. So they really don't like heavy freezes, you'll lose them if you get a heavy freeze. So unlike most shrubs the Sarcococca actually prefers to be in part shade. And they don't want to be too wet either they actually like it on the dry side. So they are one of the few plants that does well in dry shade. And this particular variety is a Sarcococca Hookerana Humilis and it's the Humilis is a slow growing spreading evergreen broad leaf ground cover. So it grows as a ground cover under trees, so the Sarcococca, or the sweet box, it's called sweet box because it smells so good. It puts little white flowers all out all summer long that smell just like Jasmine. They are just incredible. And in the fall they put out a little black berry so it gives great, great coverage and it looks really good in the fall, through the winter you have the berries. And because they are not hardy below zone eight, they don't want to freeze at all so if you live in a colder climate bring them inside for the winter or throw them in the garage. Trim them back and they will fill out again. In warmer climates they'll stay evergreen and they are a gorgeous addition to your garden.