A small genus of evergreen or deciduous shrubs of easy growth and attractive appearance, their glaucous downy leaves giving a soft effect when well placed in the landscape. The flowers are inconspicuous, their chief attraction being their leaves and fruit and also their graceful habit of growth. They do best in light sandy soil.

Propagate by seeds or cuttings placed, in October, in the open ground in sandy soil. Cover the seeds to the depth of one-eighth of an inch.