Fragrant Mountain Sweet Box
Fragrant Mountain Sweet Box Flowers in Shade!
- Fragrant Flowers in Spring
- Deep Green Evergreen Shrub Grows in Shade
- Easy Care and Hardy
- Urban Tolerant
- Bird Friendly but Deer Resistant
If your shady garden areas need a refreshing jolt of new life, try one of our favorites. The improved evergreen Fragrant Mountain Sweet Box (Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis 'Sarsid2' 'Fragrant Mountain') thrives in part shade and has the most amazing fragrance in spring.
Drought tolerant once it's established in your soil, Fragrant Mountain is an easy-to-grow, low spreading shrub that amp up the appeal of your dull shady spots. Fragrant Mountain has a neat, clean look that shines in shady areas.
It has rich evergreen leaves that cover the bush all year. This variety has larger and broader leaves than other selections.
In late winter through early, tiny but mighty white spring fragrant flowers emerge. While they aren’t showy, they will perfume your air with a fantastic, hyacinth-like scent.
You’ll welcome spring every year when this pretty, well-behaved, useful shrub blooms. Don’t be surprised when neighbors stop and ask, “what is that incredible smell coming from your yard?”
In some areas, a very attractive glossy black fruit will develop in late summer. Local songbirds love the little black berries that develop against the dark green foliage. Berries hang on plants for months before birds enjoy them in fall and winter.
But deer don’t care for the taste. Feel good about your decision to use this selection in your yard, it’s a wonderful choice.
Fragrant Mountain delivers big in form and fragrance in one of the most challenging conditions in modern landscapes. The dreaded “dry shade” doesn't faze this shrub. It lives large in those hard-to-fill areas of your garden.
Don’t let another year go by with bare patches in your yard. Order Fragrant Mountain Sweet Box from us today!
How to Use Fragrant Mountain Sweet Box in the Landscape
If you can plant it near a path, door or window, you should. The early spring scent alone is worth the price of the plant.
The plants upright dwarf habit gives it a variety of possible landscape usages. Use this plant as a fast filling taller evergreen groundcover for a wonderful woodland garden.
Maintain it as a low hedge as a shrub border in shady areas. Or, grow it in a container for a shaded patio, where both the lush green foliage and the wonderful fragrant flowers can both be appreciated.
If used in a foundation planting, you’ll want to make sure the soil drains well. It will not tolerate standing water or moist soils for a long period of time.
Fragrant Mountain Sweet Box does well in those challenging north-facing spots. It handles urban conditions as well - compacted soils, road salt and smog don't seem to bother it.
Plant them 3 feet apart, measuring from the center of one plant to the center of the next. This assures a quicker fill when used as a ground cover or for erosion control.
#ProPlantTips for Care
Fragrant Mountain Sweet Box prefers soils that are high in organic matter and are well drained. Plant it in well drained soils. Please don’t bury it too deep in its hole. Keep all visible branches well above ground.
Water regularly to get the plant established. As the plant becomes established, you won’t have to provide much supplemental water unless there is prolonged drought.
In the warm, dry climate of Zone 9, give it afternoon shade. Provide a 3 inch layer of mulch underneath the entire plant in locations where it is exposed to sun. Summer irrigation may be required during heat spikes.
Areas with humid summers should avoid over mulching this beautiful shrub. Grow it on the dry side. If you want to plant in an area that stays soggy, add at least 18 inches of soil in a mound above your native soil line. Plant directly in that mound, and plant shallowly to improve drainage.
Prune in the spring after flowering to maintain the plants shape of height, the Fragrant Mountain takes to being pruned and will fill in quite fast after hedging.
The latest introduction of an improved line, Fragrant Mountain Sweet Box has become the favorite of the home garden market today. Order yours from Nature Hills today!
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Botanical Name||Sarcococca hookeriana var.humilis 'Sarsid2'|
|Mature Height||2 - 3 feet|
|Mature Spread||1 - 4 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Shade, Partial Sun|