Scent in the garden is always welcome, especially in winter, and Sarcococca confusa is invaluable in offering this.
This compact, dense evergreen shrub is a highly fragrant winter-flowering species with clusters of tiny trumpet-shaped, white flowers produced in the leaf axils, alongside the previous season’s spherical, glossy black fruits. The fruits and flowers sit against a backdrop of glossy elliptical leaves to great effect. In addition to providing evergreen interest in dry, shady situations in the garden, all the Sarcococca make valuable specimens for floristry. A member of the box family, Buxaceae, Sarcococca comprises 14 species of rhizomatous shrubs from Asia. The exact origin of Sarcococca confusa is unknown, though it is thought to originate from western China.