27. Rhus. The Sumac

R. Cotinus, the Mist-tree, or Green Fringe, is perhaps one of the best known. It can be scarcely said to be valued for its purple berries, for it produces these sparingly, but rather for its mossy looking flower, giving the plant, at a distance, the appearance of being enveloped in a Scotch mist. R. typhina, the Stag's-horn Sumac, in addition to its beautiful crimson-dyed leaves in autumn, has handsome spikes of fruit It is a shrub of the largest size. R. coriaria, if it were not so very common in our fence rows, would be highly prized for its very beautiful crimson fruit. The objection to most of the family is that they propagate only too freely. The R. cotinus is an exception, as this can only be increased by layering the half ripened young shoots.

28. Rosa Rubiginosa

The Sweetbrier Rose is another of my little pets. I will pass by the grateful fragrance of its leaves, and the simple beauty of its sweet flowers, sorry that my subject obliges me to do so, to recommend it to all who should chance not to possess one, if only for its numerous little golden pear-shaped pods, so numerously produced, and so persistent for many months after everything else has disappeared. It is raised from seeds sown in the fall, if desired to grow the next spring, or in the spring, if one year's growth be no object. It is well pleased with any common garden soil.

29. Sambucus. The Elder

The American species, though possessing handsome fruit,, is rarely or never admitted into gardens. I allude to the S. canadensis, its extensively creeping roots rendering its presence there very disagreeable. There is one species, however, inhabiting the mountains of the northern States, which, while it is free from this objection, has also very beautiful red berries, which are very ornamental. This is the S. pubens. There is also a scarlet-berried European species, a stronger grower, and more desirable than the last, the s ra-cemosa. Most of the kinds known in the gardens, as the variegated, cut-leaved, Ac, are all varieties of the S. nigra, a European variety, and bear fine clusters of deep black berries. All the species are of the easiest culture, growing anywhere but in very shady situations, and easily increased by-cuttings taken off in the fall of the year.

30. Shepherdia Argentea. The Buffalo Berry

This shrub grows about ten feet high, and rather bushy. It has silvery shoots and foliage quite peculiar and interesting. Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants generally, so that to make sure of having a plant to bear berries, it is best to have both sexes growing near each other. The berries are small, but borne in great numbers; they are of a transparent pink color, and, when, grown in perfection, there are few things more pleasing as a specimen lawn plant. It does best in a deep rich loam, and in an open situation. In the nurseries it is propagated by layers put down in July and August. They root rapidly and make good plants the following year.

31. Symphoria, Or Symphoricarpos. S. Glomerata

The Snowberry is a well known small shrub, bearing numerous pure white berries in the fall and winter months. S. racemosa has smaller berries than the last, more numerous, and of a dingy red. It is known in its native places as the " Indian currant.'1 They are both desirable shrubs of the easiest possible culture; cuttings taken off in fall or winter root as readily as willows.

32. Taxus. The Yew

Pre-eminent amongst hardy evergreen shrubs for its handsome foliage; it is no less desirable for the pretty scarlet or pink berries it bears in succession most of the summer months. In the combination of these two points, it is second only to the Holly in beauty, and superior to that in the ease with which it can be cultivated. The American, T. Canadensis, has the handsomest berries. They are of a brighter color and produced more freely than those of any other species, but the plant is more straggling, and seldom makes a large or handsome bush. The European species, T. baccata, does not often bear fruit with us; the dark foliage of the plant shows them to advantage when they are produced. The Irish Yew, a variety of T. baccata, with an erect growth, has larger berries than either of the two species, but much duller in color. The yews will do well anywhere except in a wet situation. They, however, invariably do best in a rich garden soil, and jndeed may be said never to exhibit their real beauty unless well cared for. They are propagated by layers, cuttings, or seeds. The first mode is the most universal.

They root readily by cuttings of the one year old wood, put in in the fall and preserved over the winter in a cool frame just kept from frost Seeds may be sown early in the spring in boxes of sandy vegetable soil, covered about a quarter of an inch with soil, and kept in a cool place till they germinate.

33. Viburnum

In this genus are found some of the most valuable berried plants we have. V. oxycoccus, the mock cranberry, is very widely known, its large red cranberry-like fruit giving it a conspicuous appearance in August and September. V. dentatum, with pretty foliage and a neat bushy habit, has numerous clusters of small blue berries. V. Lantana, the wayfaring-tree, and V. lan-tanoides, have woolly foliage of a silvery hue. V. acerifolium, the maple-leaved, is not a handsome grower, but has large clusters of ovate black berries. It does not grow over three feet. V. prunifolium, the Black Haw, is a strong grower, and very beautiful when in blossom. Early in the fall; and during most of the winter, it is covered with large black berries. All the species except the last root readily from cuttings taken off in the fall, preserved moist till spring, and then planted. V. prunifolium will only grow well from seeds. If these are preserved dry till spring they rarely grow till the spring following.

34. Viscum Flavescens. The Yellow Mistletoe

This little shrub, as most persons know, is a parasite, or plant that maintains itself by living on others. It is generally supposed that they will only grow on certain trees. The English Mistletoe, V. album, was at one time supposed to grow on the oak only. The present species I have seen growing vigorously on the Persimmon. It has numerous white berries through the winter by which it is propagated. I regret that I can give nothing from my own experience with regard to its culture, every attempt having failed; and I have never seen but one plant that was raised artificially. In this, a notch was cut in the bark of an apple-tree, and the seed stuck in.

When I commenced these note's I had no idea they would extend so far. I trust that something, however, may be fonnd to repay their perusal.