A genus of pretty shrubs containing half a dozen species, natives of the Eastern States and Japan and one from China. The Japanese Halesia hispida does especially well, growing freely and blooming abundantly, its clusters of pure white snowdrop-like flowers together with its semi-pendulous habit of growth making it a good addition to the shrubbery. The Hale-sias delight in a light rich sandy soil and a sheltered situation.

Propagate by layers in the open ground, and also by cuttings of the roots placed in a cold frame in September.