Sarcococca hookeriana var. hookeriana 'Purple Stem'

Purple Stem Sweet Box


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Purple Stem Sweet Box, Wonderfully fragrant winter bloomer in December and January whose small white flowers with pink calyces perfume a disproportionate area relative to their size. Narrow alternate evergreen leaves on a plant up to 30" tall but usually shorter. This small evergreen is the same plant offered as var. digyna which has opposite leaves or as var. humilis which is a synonym of var. digyna but the taxonomy shifts like the wind.


Plant Type

  • Shrub
  • Evergreen

Mature Size


Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 6a (-10 °F)
  • Zone 6b (-5 °F)
  • Zone 7a (0 °F)
  • Zone 7b (5 °F)
  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)
  • Zone 9a (20 °F)
  • Zone 9b (25 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Shade
  • Part Shade - Part Sun

Water Needs

  • Moist
  • Moderate

Bloom Time

  • Winter