Sarcococca 'Winter Gem' 17cm
Sarcococca humilis ‘Winter Gem’ PP26,599
The latest variety of sweet boxwood has the beautiful name Sarcococca Winter Gem.
It is indeed a special gem for the winter garden that also has a fantastic scent.
This recent find comes from England and is a cross between Sarcococca humilis and Sarcococca hookeriana. From both parents Winter Gem has gotten the very best features.
From February until April, the whole shrub is covered with pure white flowers. They spring from deep red buds and spread a fantastic scent. The leaves are shiny dark green and are carried by densely branched stems. Are the glossy, evergreen leaves its most beautiful feature? Or is it the winter bloom and the strong, sweet scent of the flowers?
With Sarcococca Winter Gem it's both. Because of the glossy leaves and the special fragrance, this winter jewel is indispensable in the winter and early spring garden.
This compact shrub gives year-round structure in borders and beds. Even for pots and containers this new sweet boxwood is an excellent choice. You can also use the sweet boxwood in somewhat larger plantings as a strong, evergreen ground cover. And what do you think of a low, fragrant, evergreen hedge?
Sarcococca Winter Gem is on the market as a well branched and very bushy shrub. This is in contrast to the ordinary sweet boxwood that often has only two or three shoots. You can easily fill a big pot with one or two Winter Gems.
Its height is 50-75 cm so also suitable for a small garden. This sweet boxwood is not susceptible to diseases and hardly requires any maintenance. Pruning is not necessary.
Winter Gem can grow in the sun as well as and in the shade and in each soil type.
How was this plant created?
With more than 35 years experience with tree and shrub stalwarts Hillier Nurseries, Peter Moore is a man who knows the shrub market inside out, so could easily identify any potential gaps. Peter recognised the shortfalls of the usual Sarcococca (Sweet Box) and set about a plan to make some improvements. Peter brought together Sarcococca humilis and Sarcococca hookeriana to create ‘Winter Gem’, a handsome plant with unrivalled flower power for the winter garden.
Peter made the first hybridisation in 2005 by removing all the male flowers from the mother plant and then carefully transferring the pollen from father plant onto those female flowers. Just 5 seeds set on the plant, which were promptly covered to protect them from inquisitive birds! The seeds were sown in the autumn and had germinated by christmas! During it’s first year, Peter could see that one of the seedlings was something really quite special…