|Sarcococca hookerana is an evergreen shrub 4-6' tall and wide, dense and mounding habit. It
spreads by suckers, forming colonies. Foliage is a glossy dark green, can become light green in high pH soils. Sweetly fragrant white flowers are 1/2" wide, hidden in the leaf axils, blooming in early spring. Young shoots of 'Purple Stem' are purplish-pink and the flowers are tinged with pink. Though it rarely fruits, it can produce inconspicuous small, shiny, black drupes from fall to winter. Prefers moist, well drained acid soil. Discoloration can occur in full sun, not bothered by pests. A very good large scale groundcover, with handsome foliage, and sweet fragrance, will not spread aggressively. Native to the Himalayas, Afghanistan. Some cultivars are available.