This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
A genus of one species, an evergreen tree of small dimensions resembling the Yew in foliage. Flowers monoecious. Males in clustered catkins. Fruit small, terminal, composed of irregular fleshy pointed scales. This genus was dedicated to the late Prince Consort, from a German title borne by him. It is sometimes referred to the Taxineae, and closely connects these two groups.
1. S. conspicua. - This is described as a small tree about 30 feet high. The leaves are distichous, linear-acute and coriaceous, from 8 to 12 lines long, silvery beneath. Although it has been introduced some years, it is still rare in British gardens owing to tenderness in most localities. It is a native of Patagonia.