Cydonia Japonica, formerly Pyrus Japonica, is indigenous to Japan, and embraces two varieties, the scarlet and variegated flowering. When in bloom, there is no plant that equals it in splendor. The Cydonia may be seen budding and bursting into bloom in April. The flowers are in aggregated clusters, along the branches, interspersed with the young leaves. The hue of the scarlet color is most brilliant, and no artist can find a tint that will convey an adequate idea of its splendor. The paler variety is also much admired. The flowers of this are of a fine blush, shaded with red, and, when contrasted with the other, forms an agreeable relief. The perfect hardiness of the shrub, and the brilliancy of the flowers, must ever render it an agreeable appendage to the shrubbery, lawn, or flower-garden. It is generaly propagated by layering and by suckers. It succeeds in any good garden loam. It commences flowering when the plants are quite small. It grows from six to eight feet high. A writer says : "One of the most pleasing and picturesque objects we recollect ever to have seen, was a large Cydonia, whilst in full bloom, partially imbedded in a late snow; the branches weighed down thereby, and the rich, brilliant blossoms, peeping through their chaste covering."