Sarcococca confusa

2 litre pot £19.99
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Buy Sarcococca confusa sweet box: Sweetly scented, pure white flowers December to March

  • 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
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Sweetly scented, pure white flowers from December to March and lustrous, dark green leaves. This wonderful, winter-flowering, dense, evergreen shrub is perfect for a shady border or woodland garden. To fully appreciate the fabulous, vanilla-like fragrance plant in moist, well-drained soil close to an entrance or path. Copes well with dry shade and urban pollution.

  • 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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Beautiful fragrant plant


All the plants and products I've bought from Crocus have been well packed, healthy and as described. This little (when I bought it) has blossomed and smells beautiful. It's planted in a pot facing east with a small amount of sunshine in the mornings, it gets a bit neglected to be honest, but it has grown well and the flowers catch the air with a beautiful fragrance. Lovely.




It is thriving in a very dark corner


It is shiny and healthy in the darkest place in my garden, smells divine in January.. a couple of tiny sprigs scent a whole room. I bought three of this same plant (much, much cheaper) from a wholesale nursery and all of them died. Crocus is very expensive, IMO, but the plants survive!

Teresa Green





I bought two one for each side of the double doors of our garden room. The fragrance is lovely.




Just getting started


Lovely plant but hasn't grown much over 2 years.

Cool Cat



Good plants


Bought a couple of these for a quite shady part of the garden. They are not the fastest growing plants but they are growing and look very healthy. Seem to be pest resistant too which is a great bonus.




Waiting Game


Had this plant for a year and doesn't seem to have made any growth. Could be the wrong position so will give it another year and if still not happy I will move it.




Lovely Sarcococca confusa


Really pleased with this plant (and the service). I received a VERY healthy looking plant which is now planted in my front garden near to the front door in a shady position. Here we are, now approaching Christmas, some months after planting and there are lovely black berries on. I'm looking forward to the lovely winter fragrance over the years. The plant has put on a good bit of growth since planting, so I'm a happy bunny (hope bunnies don't like eating them!).


Folkestone, Kent


Wonderful plants, thriving despite my neglect of them.


I have a shady, dry front garden but Christmas box plants as a low hedge provide me with a wonderful fragrant welcome from January onwards - easy, undemanding and especially lovely to scent the house with a few sprigs and branches in winter. I can't do without sarcococca confusa en masse, and much prefer it to the other version, hookeriana




I would recommend this product


I purchased this as a gift for a friend. It arrived with her very well packed and in good condition. The plant has grown extremely well and is fragrant.






Added to a shady spot. Slow growing, but I have another and it fills the spot as I wanted. Low maintenance, and evergreen.

Optimistic Sue




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Can Sarcococca Confuse tolerate moderate to strong winds.


Although these plants are pretty hardy, they prefer a more sheltered spot, so may get scorched if exposed to strong winds.


The leaves have started to drop from the lower branches. Is there any need to be concerned?


Hello, It is not unusual for evergreen plants to lose some of their older, lower leaves as they put on new top growth, so unless the leaf drop is extreme, then I would not be concerned.


Hi purchased this sarcococca from Crocus in August. Planted in pot near front door as no planting space in shady front garden. Plant is doing really well flower buds about to open. My question is when will the best time be to move it from pot to garden as I now have space having dug up some old fuschias. I assume it is best to leave it in pot until ? Spring . Is this correct. Look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks for your help and the lovely healthy plant .

Novice gardener

Hello there Fully hardy container grown plants can be planted out anytime as long as the ground isn't frozen, or freezing outside or the soil waterlogged, but as you planted it up in August into a larger pot, I would leave it now and plant it out in the spring. This also means that you can enjoy the scent by your front door through the winter.

Can you advise what is the best time of year to plant this out (from a 2L pot)? Also whether several plants can be planted side by side to make a hedge, and if so how far apart they should be planted. Finally I note the full grown height is about 2 metres; can this be curtailed to 1m or so with pruning? Thanks so much.


Hello, These plants are fully hardy so can be planted out at any time of the year. Traditionally the best planting times are spring or autumn, but you can plant in winter provided the ground is not frozen, or during summer if you make sure they are kept well watered. They do make an excellent, informal hedge and can be clipped to keep them relatively compact. If you want to plant them as a hedge, then I would recommend planting them at 30-45cm intervals.


Can these be pruned into a ball shape, like with Buxus?


Hello, These plants will cope with a little light pruning, however I would not recommend them for topiary.


Would this survive in a slightly sheltered,South facing slope 800 feet up in the Highlands? Soil is acid, mostly glacial pebbles and sand with a layer of leafmould on top. Oh,and we are infested with rabbits.


Hello there This plant is tough but it likes partial or full shade with a constant moist, humus-rich soil, so a south facing aspect with sandy/ glacial pebbles is not right for this plant. Something like Cotoneaster × suecicus 'Coral Beauty' or Cotoneaster horizontalis could be a possibility. Hope this helps

Will this plant cope with alkaline soil? Thank you


Hello there Yes Sarcococca will grow in acid, neutral or alkaline soil. Hope this helps.

Would you put this, or any Sarcococca, in a container?


Hello there This is one of the larger forms of Sarcococca. I would choose one of the smaller more compact forms for a container, such as Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis or Sarcococca hookeriana var. hookeriana 'Ghorepani'. I have attached the links below. Hope this helps

How well might this do in a south facing, sunny spot?


Hello there No I wouldn't plant this in an south facing sunny garden,- it really needs a shady, moist well drained soil. Sorry to disappoint you.

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