Common Name: dwarf sweet box, Christmas box
Origin/Ecology: Native to Himalayan mountains
Habit: Mounded, upright, growing to 0.7 m tall, 1 m wide.
Leaves: Dark green, waxy. Unpleasant leaf odour when crushed. Simple, leathery, pinnate venation, lustrous, lanceolate, entire.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate (rarely opposite)
Flowers and Fruit: Flowers pink-tinged white, in auxiliary clusters with imbricate bracts; fruit blue-black drupe.
Water Use, Soil: Acidic, alkaline, well-drained.
Exposure: Part sun to deep shade.
Landscape Uses: Fragrance, ground cover, group or mass planting, mixed shrub border, small garden/space, winter interest, woodland margin.
Limitations: Strongly rhizomitous.
Other Features: Good ground cover, aggressive. Benefits from being cut back. Low stature, works well with sword ferns. Can be grown on slab or in large containers.