This is the only species in the genus, and Serissa japonica is perhaps better know for its use as a Bonsai plant.
A few named cultivars are being used as garden plants and except for the unpleasant smell of the foliage when brushed against or crushed it is an attractive little plant.
A form with variegated foliage is also available, an attractive foliage plant suited to growing in containers.
This is a species from sub tropical areas, so it can be a little difficult in hot dry climates.
Provide it with a humus rich moist well drained soil, a warm position, shelter from hot winds and afternoon sun and it will thrive.
It is a plant that needs to pruned and fertilised to maintain good growth.
In our opinion it is best suited for bonsai.
- Serissa japonica (syn. Serissa foetida)
- Snow Rose, Japanese Boxthorn, Tree of a Thousand Stars
- Position – Full Sun to afternoon shade.
- Soil – Humus rich well drained.
- Height – To .5metres
- Spread – To .5 metre
- Foliage – Mid green or variegated.
- Flowers – White to Pink
- Flowering Time – Spring through to autumn.
- Frost tolerant – No
- Drought Tolerant – No