SWEET & LO™ Sweet Box

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Part Sun, Shade Height: 1.5-2.5' Width/Spread: 2-3'

The strange and spicy plant your shade garden has been begging for. This unique beauty gets started in late winter with bunches of long, firework-like blooms lining their burgundy branches and dangling just within the foliage. With a lovely fragrance, much like jasmine, you and the pollinators alike will be eager to visit these flashy blooms to start the growing season with a bang. This low-growing evergreen makes a handsome four-season ground cover that stays tidy all on its own.

Why grow Sweet & Lo sweet box?

  • Very early flowering
  • Extremely shade tolerant
  • Handsome low-growing habit


Light: Enjoys a more low-light situation. Enjoys a maximum of four hours of direct light, but will thrive in a full shade garden.

Soil: Needs to grow in acidic soils with good moisture content. As it doesn’t enjoy growing in the sunlight, the soil will be cool.

Water: Likes to have even moisture.

Fertilizing: Nothing special required.

Pruning: It has a lightly suckering habit that can be controlled through annual pruning in the springtime.

Botanical Name

Sarcococca hookeriana 'Purpleij1'


5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color

Red, White

Foliage Color







Part Sun, Shade


Acidic, Moist

Season of Interest



Borders, Edging, Mass Planting, Woodland gardens


Attracts pollinators, Compact, Deer resistant, Evergreen, Foliage interest, Fragrant

Blooms on

Old wood

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