A genus of hardy deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs, many species of which are highly ornamental, our native evergreen species being in many respects the most handsome of all. Its shiny dark-green, holly-like leaves and bushy habit make it a general favorite with planters. It grows freely in any garden soil which is well-drained, preferring a loose rocky soil with an Eastern exposure. The so-called English Laurel and the Portugal species are also much admired, and the Chinese double-flowering deciduous species is one of our gayest Spring-flowering shrubs,
Our native species Cerasus ilicifolia is propagated by seeds sown one-half of an inch deep, in early Spring, either where they are to remain, or singly in pots where they should be kept until they are from twelve to eighteen inches high.
The English Laurel and the Portugal Laurel may be propagated by seeds sown, one-quarter of an inch deep, in the open ground in early Spring, or by cuttings planted in October in sandy soil in the open ground where they should be kept for one year and then replanted in nursery rows until required.
Cerasus serrulata and other double-flowering varieties are propagated by budding on the common Cherry about May.