A genus of hardy evergreen shrubs with small boxwood-like leaves and small white flowers, bearing abundant crops of bright-red berries which remain conspicuous for months. It begins to ripen in California in July, carrying its fruit until the following Spring.

Propagate by seeds, cuttings or layers in the open ground; sow the seeds one-eighth of an inch deep in March; put in the cuttings or layers any time during the Fall. It is of easy culture, requiring very little attention beyond being given a little water during the Summer months.