Sarcococca hookeriana Baill.

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'Sarcococca hookeriana' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/sarcococca/sarcococca-hookeriana/). Accessed 2022-05-18.

Glossary

Tibet
Traditional English name for the formerly independent state known to its people as Bod now the Tibet (Xizang) Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. The name Xizang is used in lists of Chinese provinces.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
unisexual
Having only male or female organs in a flower.
variety
(var.) Taxonomic rank (varietas) grouping variants of a species with relatively minor differentiation in a few characters but occurring as recognisable populations. Often loosely used for rare minor variants more usefully ranked as forms.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Sarcococca hookeriana' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/sarcococca/sarcococca-hookeriana/). Accessed 2022-05-18.

An evergreen shrub up to 6 ft high, increasing by sucker growths from the base; young shoots minutely downy. Leaves narrowly lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, slenderly pointed, wedge-shaped at the base, 2 to 312 in. long, 12 to 34 in. wide, bright green and quite glabrous; stalk about 14 in. long. Flowers small, fragrant, unisexual, white, crowded in the leaf-axils; styles three; fruit nearly globose, 14 in. wide, black. Flowers in late autumn.

A native of the eastern Himalaya, N. Assam and S.E.Tibet. Although introduced in the last century, it is less common now than its Chinese variety and rather less hardy. It received an Award of Merit when shown from Bodnant in 1936.

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

var. humilis Rehd. & Wils. S. humilis (Rehd. & Wils.) Stapf – See S. humilis, page 328. The original varietal status is accepted by Mr Sealy.


'Purple Stem'

a variant of the var. digyna in which the young stems, petioles and midribs are dull purple.

var. digyna Franch

This is a variety from W. China, introduced in 1908 by Wilson. It is of dwarfer habit than the Himalayan type and is quite hardy. Its chief botanical distinction is in having only two styles to each flower. From S. ruscifolia it is distinct in its black fruits, that species having dark red ones. Award of Garden Merit 1963.