Common name: Christmas box, Sweet box.
AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Height & spread 200cm x 100cm
Soil Moderately fertile, humus rich, moist but well-drained. Full sun
is tolerated if the soil remains moist.
Aspect deep or partial shade
Hardiness Fully hardy
Care Prunne annually after flowering to maintain shape. Remove
suckers and dead and damaged growht in mid-spring.
This species, from West China (probably) is a dense, rounded, bushy shrub with eliptic, tapered, glossy dark green leaves, to 6cm long. Cluster of about 5 very fragrant white flowers are borne in winter, followed by spherical, glossy black fruit.
If you want a seriously intense exprience then you should stand about few metres away from this shrub on winter day.