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Plant Characteristics

Bark Color*
  • Brown
Bark Type*
  • Smooth
Cultural Information*
  • Root Rot - Moderate Resistance
  • Leaf Scorch - Moderate Resistance
  • Powdery Mildew - High Resistance
  • Leaf Spot - High Resistance
Flower Color*
  • Creamy White
  • White
Flower Type*
  • Fragrant
Fruit Type*
  • Non-Edible Fruit
Growth Habit*
  • Compact Growing
Growth Rate*
  • Slow
Leaf Color Fall*
  • Green
Leaf Color Spring*
  • Green
Leaf Color Summer*
  • Green
Leaf Color Winter*
  • Dark Green
  • Green
Leaf Type*
  • Evergreen
Nature Assets*
  • Deer Resistant
Plant Type*
  • Shrub
Preferred Planting Season*
  • Summer Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Fall Planting
Preferred Soil Conditions*
  • Tolerates Low pH (Acidic Soils)
  • Moist
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Prefers Low pH (Acidic Soils)
  • Well-Drained
  • Average
  • Tolerates High pH (Alkaline Soils)
Propagation Methods*
  • Cuttings or Divisions
Season of Interest*
  • Summer
  • Year-Round
  • Fall
  • Late Spring/Early Summer
  • Winter Flowering
  • Late Summer/Early Autumn
  • Early Spring
  • Spring
  • Winter
Sun Exposure*
  • Tolerates Morning Sun Only in Northern States
  • Prefers Dappled Shade in Northern States
  • Tolerates Morning Sun Only in Southern States
  • Tolerates Dappled Shade in Northern States
  • Tolerates Full Shade in Southern States
  • Prefers Dappled Shade in Southern States
  • Tolerates Dappled Shade in Southern States
  • Tolerates Full Shade in Northern States
  • Understory Planting
  • Under Power Lines
  • Mass Planting
  • Landscape Specimen
  • Border Plant
  • Near Water Gardens or Ponds
  • Accent Plant

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance

Sarcococca is very easy to grow, and adapts to most conditions. Feed once a year with a slow release fertilizer. To give your tree the best start possible, we include a free fertilizer packet.

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Sarcococca orientalis

Buy Chinese Sweet Box online. Chinese Sweet Box is a a terrific evergreen shrub that showcases large, highly fragrant winter flowers from December through March. It habitat is part shade to shade. Deer resistant.

Mature Height:

3-4 Feet

Mature Spread:

3-4 Feet

Hardiness Zone:


What's My Hardiness Zone?

Family: Buxaceae · Common Name: Sweet Box

FREE with every plant purchased:

  • The Sooner Guarantee: For details, click here!
  • A pre-measured amount of Polyon® Best-Paks time release fertilizer that keeps your plant well nourished for one year.
  • Pre-hydrated Hydro-Gels are included in the top of each container to use when planting as they help retain soil moisture, and plants will establish more quickly with less transplant shock. Plants will also survive drought-like conditions and accidental missed waterings better.
  • Planting and Care Instruction brochure.
  • Catalogs of new and exciting plant brands, such as Garden Debut® and Proven Winners®.

DIY Irrigation SuppliesWe use and recommend for our irrigation needs, from simple to install micro and drip systems, to commercial grade irrigation parts and supplies.


Jumbo gallon Potted

SKU: 8911

(4.04 qrts / 3.82 liters)
(4 units available now - S)

Standard Package


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Root Pouch 3 gallon

SKU: 10183

(3.06 gallons / 11.6 liters)
(1 units available now - S)

Standard Package Grown in Root Pouch®.


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November 2016

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