An ornamental, hardy, deciduous, low-growing tree with heart-shaped leaves and pea-shaped flowers which thickly crowd the branches, flowering before the leaves open. When in bloom in early Spring it gives a very good effect. It grows in the foothills of the State by the side of a creek, mixing very prettily with the alder and the willow, and, when in flower, may be seen for miles, causing the traveller to wonder what the striking object is. It delights in rich, moist, well-drained soil in a semi-shaded situation away from the wind. It is propagated by seeds sown, in early Spring, one-quarter of an inch deep in the open ground.