This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This perfectly hardy and very desirable Japanese shrub, is at present in fine fruit in the Kew collection. A figure of it is given in the Gardener's Chronicle for 1873, p. 1014. It is a spreading evergreen bush about three feet high, with deep reddish-brown twigs and leaves, green above and silvery white beneath, the. pendulous, long-stalked, transparent orange fruits, studded with small ferrugineous scales, being produced in clusters. Some of the Japanese varieties of this species are said to yield edible fruits; those, however, of the Kew plants are somewhat too acid and astringent to be pleasant. - Gardener's Chronicle.