Sarcococca ruscifolia var. chinensis is a lovely slender (like a bamboo) evergreen shrub with a smaller, narrower leaf form. This plant produces delicate flowers between December and February that have a powerful honey-like fragrance. The heady perfume carries some distance so it is very welcoming in the drab days of winter. Showy, spherical red berries decorate the shrub from November and remain on it all winter long. The Chinese Fragrant Sweet Box are easy to grow and they even make good shrubs for patio pots where the fragrance can be enjoyed. They are also superb as specimen plants, ground cover or low hedges when established (they can be pruned).