The 3 inch long glossy green leaves of the Himalayan Sarcococca or Christmas Box are definitely an outstanding feature of this shade tolerant evergreen shrub. Native to the western Himalayas this low growing plant is ideal for foundation planting, or locations that require a lower overall height,  as it grows only 18-24″ tall yet spreads 3 feet wide.

When planted in well drained moist soils this evergreen will slowly spread by stoloniferous growth.  In winter it bears clusters of fragrant, inconspicuous, pink tinged white flowers; male flowers (towards shoot tips) have pink anthers, female flowers with 2 styles. When planted in mass the fragrance can be quite strong. The fruit is dark blue to black and 1/4 inch in size. The variety humilis is smaller and more cold-hardy than the species.