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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:33 pm    Post subject: What is this plant? Reply with quote

Hi guys,

Any idea what this plant is?
It smells great.

Thanks,

Bill



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It a Sarcococca sp.
Maybe Sarcococca confusa.. S.confusa berries are black.
Superb winter dwarf shrub. Love them.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Sarcococca&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiitNSzhf3KAhXERw8KHRsnBu4Q_AUIBygB&biw=1600&bih=777
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep. Black berries
Thanks a million Silver surfer.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is also known as Christmas box or Sweet box, nice scented plant
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks a lovely healthy plant. Where was it growing? I have tried growing it twice, it doesn't seem to like our garden, shame. Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sue Deacon wrote:
That looks a lovely healthy plant. Where was it growing? I have tried growing it twice, it doesn't seem to like our garden, shame. :(


Sorry to hear you have had a problem growing Sarcococca.
I really love this glossy evergreen. The scented flowers are wonderful.
In our old garden we used to grow every named one we could find, including the rarer S. Wallichii.with larger flowers.

http://www.herrenkampergaerten.de/data1/images/sarcococcawallichii.jpg

They love shade and even in dark shade they thrived.
The only one that was problematic was S. humilis...this one suckers..for some reason it never did so well...we tried it in different areas to see if we could find the perfect spot...with no luck.

Now with a very small garden I have already planted 4 different Sarcococca.
Including a new variety....Sarcococca hookeriana Winter Gem. The stamens are red as they open. Female flowers are really tiny.

http://www.kelways.co.uk/product/sarcococca-hookeriana-winter-gem-/12292/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3296342/How-to-grow-Sarcococcas.html

Female flowers....

http://www.biotik.org/india/species/s/sarcsali/sarcsali_12.jpg

Showing male and female flowers...

http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get2/I0000ovZOsPdq8nk/fit=1000x750/CBUR-NABG-JAN-2011-263-of-162.jpg

Some sp have red berries some black.
Plant in groups of 3 for good cross pollination.

http://www.coolgarden.me/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/sarcococca-ruscifolia.jpg

Do have another go at growing them Sue.
Try one by your front or back door to smell them every time you go in.

http://www.hortweek.com/sarcococca/ornamentals/article/1327401
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Silver surfer. I did originally have one in a pot by the back door. It was lovely for a while, but outgrew it's pot. That's where it all went wrong. I planted it in what I thought was a good spot, but it sulked for a year, losing it's new leaves and shuddering to a halt growth wise.

I thought it might have been too dry so I moved it to the new garden - still nothing. But I note you said that you had trouble with S. humilis - that's the one I have. Rolling Eyes

Funny, but I was in a garden centre today and bought a lovely viburnum. Right alongside it was a sarcococca, not sure what sort, but different to mine. I might see if it is still there next week. It did smell lovely.

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