P. verticillatus. - Black Alder. - This indigenous shrub, so ornamental in low grounds and swamps in autumn, was unnoticed in the first edition; but it is worthy, not only of a notice, but also of a place in every collection of shrubs. "It is a handsome shrub, five or six - rarely ten or twelve - feet high, with crowded branches and leaves, conspicuous for its bunches of axillary blos* There is also a popular tradition connected with the Poplar, namely, that the Cross of the Saviour was made of its wood; and that neither its foliage not its trunk has since been seen, while growing, in a quiescent state.
Boms and scarlet berries, remaining late in the autumn, or even into the winter. The recent shoots are clothed with an apple-green bark, which, on the large branches, turns to a pearly gray, and, on the older stems, is of a polished and clouded dark color, whence the plant derives its common name." The flowers are white, and not very ornamental. The berries are of a bright scarlet, covering the twigs, the size of peas, in bunches of two or three, and remain long on the bush. The flowers expand in June; the berries are ripe in September. Planted with the Snowberry and Privet, they would produce a combination of great beauty in the shrubbery. The brilliant scarlet, pure white, and shining black berries, of these three shrubs, would form striking contrasts, and pleasing to the eye. The Black Alder will require a peaty, moist soil.
Prinos glaber. - The Ink Berry. - "An elegant, delicate-looking, evergreen shrub, with slender branches, growing in a few sheltered places, in Plymouth and Hingham, to the height of from two to eight or nine feet. The elegance of the evergreen foliage causes it to be much sought after to be mingled with bouquets in winter; and for this purpose it is brought from considerable distances, and carefully kept in cellars, sometimes for months." The leaves are lance-shaped, an inch or more long, and one third or half an inch wide.