Sarcococca ruscifolia var. chinensis 'Dragon Gate'

Sarcococca ruscifolia var. chinensis 'Dragon Gate'

Description: A relatively new form of this hardy and tolerant, dwarf, evergreen shrub which is is probably the first hookeriana-type to flower in mid-December. The habit is upright not vigorous with narrow-leaves each with a pointed tip. The flowers are typically small, white, deliciously fragrant and borne en masse in the depths of winter. Wonderful for bringing exotic scent to the winter garden and excellent for fresh green cover in a shaded area.

Uses: As with all sarcococca then ideal for a shady spot. Good for any border large or small.

Climate/Position: Can be grown in shade or partial sun.

Height/Spread: 60cm x 60cm

Soil Requirements: Can be grown in acid or alkaline soil.

Pruning: No pruning required.

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Additional Interest: This is a new discovery made in 1980 by plantsman and journalist Roy Lancaster during his travels in the Western Hills above Yunnan, China. May also be found listed as synonymous name 'Roy Lancaster'The genus originates in east Asia, predominantly China and throughout the Himalayas. Sarcococca are all monoecious meaning that male and female flowers are carried separately, but on the same plant. The name is derived from the Greek words sarkos meaning flesh, andkokkos meaning a berry, a reference to the fleshy fruits of the plant. 

Scientific research has shown Sarcococca saligna to have potential use in medicine against microbial resistance in chemotherapy and fungal infection and steroidal alkaloids were isolated in 2000 by American Chemical Society and American Society of Pharmacognosy.