It's one of those shrubs you smell before you see. Sarcococca blooms in my garden before the other fragrant spring shrubs. The nearby Edgewarthia has a few open flowers just starting and the Osmanthus and Daphne are a few weeks out yet.
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It is a dense and low growing shrub that doesn't get too large, typically grows 3-4" tall and as wide. Likes moist but well-drained soil in part to full shade. Mine is growing happily under an English walnut tree.
Seems to have no insect or disease problems. They can get a little stringy and floppy with age, so I prune after flowering to help maintain a nice full shape.