A hardy evergreen small tree or shrub, native of Japan and South Africa, bearing white cornus-like flowers which continue in bloom for nearly two months. The reddish strawberry-like fruit hangs on the tree late into the winter, making the plant a very desirable one for the shrubbery border.

The Benthamia is not particular as to soil and requires very little irrigation.

Propagate by seeds sown in early Spring, in the open border or in a cold frame, in light soil. The seeds should be covered to the depth of one-quarter of an inch and the young plants should be transplanted when they are a year old.