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John and Erik Rijnbeek
Boskoop, the Netherlands

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SWEET & LO™

Sweet Box

Sarcococca hookeriana

'Purplerij1'

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A close up of Sweet & Lo showing multiple red-tipped white flowers and green glossy foliage. Sweet & Lo in the landscape. A close up of the white and pink-tipped flowers of Sweet & Lo. Sweet & Lo in the landscape. A close up of the ornamental fruit.
  • Evergreen
  • Fragrant
  • Durable
Description

An extra bushy, fully bodied selection with glossy, dark green foliage and attractive deep purple stems. Its late winter/early spring blooms are a treat for early pollinators, with thread-like, red-tipped white flowers that emit a delightful jasmine-like fragrance. Used en masse or in a container, this very durable, versatile shrubby ground cover is perfect for even the shadiest locations. Growers will love how much faster it is to finish than other sarcococca and its irresistibly tidy container presentation. Developed by John and Erik Rijnbeek of Boskoop, the Netherlands.

USDA Zone
5 - 9 (-20°F/-28°C)
Exposure
Part sun, Shade
Height
1.5 - 2.5'
Width
2 - 3'
Finish Time
1 season
Type
Evergreen
Bloom Time
Late winter - early spring
Flower Color
Pink, White
Foliage Color
Green
Liner Sizes
2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil

Requires cool, moist, acidic soils.

Pruning

Little needed; lightly suckering habit can be managed by pruning or removal, as desired.

Uses

Woodland gardens, mass plantings, containers

Growing Tips

Sarcococca suckers lightly, but this improves its ground covering habit.