Originating from China and Japan
An evergreen, upright shrub with lustrous, leathery, dark green leaves with a cream margin. In the depths of winter it produces purple buds, opening in late winter/early spring, into clusters of small, waxy, highly scented pink flowers. These make wonderful cut flowers – not because their blooms are showy but because just a few flower stems, brought into the house will fill a room with their sophisticated perfume. Although it is a handsome, small shrub, it isn’t the most dramatic in appearance but it is possibly the most highly scented of all evergreen shrubs, and should be planted in a mixed border in an area of the garden where its scent can best be appreciated. Better still, grow in a conservatory to guarantee even more flowers and scent.
Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade – its leaves may scorch in hot afternoon sun, with shelter from strong winds. Does not like a very alkaline soil.
Prune lightly after flowering to maintain a compact bush.
Height and spread after 2 – 3 years 50cm x 50cm
Semi mature height and spread after 5- 6 years if not clipped or pruned 1m x 1.5m