This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
An exceedingly beautiful and very interesting addition to our hardy flowering shrubs. It is a small tree or shrub with deciduous foliage, the leaves being variable in size, from two to five inches long. The flowers are from three to four inches in diameter with rather narrow stellate petals of pure white, and very fragrant. The flowers are produced freely when the plant is quite young, or only a foot high; M. stellata is thus a most suitable subject for pot culture, and as the blooms appear early in spring but little forcing is necessary to develop them at a season when flowers are always in request. We received it from an American firm under the name of M. Halleana, and as such was awarded a first-class certificate by the Royal Horticultural Society, and a certificate of merit by the Royal Botanic Society.