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.
Only one species of this genus has been described. It is a deciduous tree with fan-shaped petiolate leaves, dioecious flowers, and pedunculate 1-seeded drupoid fruits upon a fleshy disk. Dedicated to an English botanist.
1. S. adiantifolia, syn. Ginghobiloba. Maiden-hair Tree. - This is one of the most striking of hardy exotic trees, and one which differs so much in habit and foliage from all others belonging to this order that in the absence of flowers or fruit it would be almost impossible to assign it to its proper position in the Vegetable Kingdom. It forms a large handsome tree with fan-shaped coriaceous pale-green leaves on long peduncles. The veins of the leaves are very dense and parallel, and the blade is usually deeply bilobate. The male flowers are in slender axillary catkins, and the female flowers are fascicled and pedunculate. The fruit is a one-seeded fleshy globular or oval drupe, about one inch in diameter, partially imbedded in the fleshy cup-shaped disk. This tree is a native of China and Japan, and was introduced into this country a little more than a century since; but it is said that only the male plant is in cultivation.
Nageia includes several tender Japanese shrubs or trees usually incorporated with Podocarpus. They have ovate or lanceolate ribbed leaves and drupaceous fruits. N. Japonica has oblong-lanceolate leaves about 3 inches long, and N. ovata has rather smaller ovate cuspidate leaves. There are handsome variegated varieties of both species. .
Dacrydium, Microcachrys, and Phyllocladus are Australasian genera belonging to this tribe, but none of their species are sufficiently hardy for our climate.