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Similar but less problematic plants:
Microbiota decussata Microbiota decussata
Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis is often confused with:
Buxus microphylla var. japonica Buxus microphylla var. japonica
Buxus sempervirens Buxus sempervirens
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Verbena canadensis Verbena canadensis
Phedimus middendorffianus Sedum middendorf
Hylotelephium cauticola Sedum cauticola

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
sar-koh-KOH-kuh hook-er-ee-AN-uh HEW-mil-is
Description

Useful in groups as filler or background; spreads by underground stems. Fragrant blooms in early spring, hidden under foliage; glossy evergreen leaves in same plane, forming a herringbone pattern; spreads by rhizomes to form a colony.

Insects, Diseases,and Other Plant Problems: Susceptible to boxwood blight.

Quick ID

  • Lanceolate leaves alternate in herringbone pattern
  • Green stems foul-smelling when bruised
See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#cpp#groundcover#small group plantings
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#cpp#groundcover#small group plantings
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sarcococca
    Species:
    hookeriana
    Family:
    Buxaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central & E. Homalaya to SE. Tibet.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are globose, berry-like drupe, black, 0.5 cm.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are apetalous, whitish to cream, fragrant, 1 cm long, in leaf axils.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, simple, lanceolate, entire, acute, cuneate, glabrous, 6-8 cm long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Stem is slender, green, slightly pubescent, foul-smelling when bruised.
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Frequent Disease Problems