This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Greek for large, but of no application). Ternslrcemiaceae (or Theaceae). Shrubs of S. Asia and Malaya (30 or more species), with small dioecious flowers, berry-like fruits, and simple, glabrous evergreen leaves: flowers in axillary clusters, or rarely solitary; petals and sepals 5; stamens 15 or less (rarely only 5), joined to the base of the corolla; ovary usually 3-loculed. Cleyera is by some included in this genus. The euryas are allied to camellias, and require much the same treatment. They are grown for foliage rather than for flowers They require an intermediate temperature and a peaty soil. Prop, by cuttings taken from the tips of growing shoots. E japoinica, Thunb. (E. Sieboldii, Hort.), is the common species, and is very variable. The variegated form of it (known in the trade as E. latifolia variegata) is one of the best glasshouse decorative pot shrubs: leaves variable in shape, usually ovate-acuminate and irregularly toothed or notched, short-petioled, variously blotched with white: flowers greenish white, in small, axillary clusters. Japan. V. 23:5. l.