We believe this fine new shrub - the Japanese Berberry, brought from China to England in 1849, by Mr. Fortune, has only just been introduced into the United States, and is not yet offered for sale by any of our nurserymen. It is a superb evergreen, with large Mahonic-like pinerated foliage - each leaf more than a foot long. This foliage is of thick leathery texture, and is armed with lateral spines. As it was found 150 miles north of Shanghae, it will undoubtedly prove perfectly hardy here. We believe the flowers are large and yellow, but they have not yet been produced, either in this country or in Europe.

Berberis Japonica #1

When Mr. Fortune was in China, in 1848, he discovered and sent to England three new Berberries, viz: Beall, intermedia, and japonica; and, unquestionably, there are no finer hardy evergreen shrubs in cultivation than these are. As I do not recollect having seen any published drawing of the berries of either of these plants, I beg to submit to your notice a sketch of those of B. japonica. When ripe, they are similar in color to those of B. aquifolium, but in size (and in this respect they are somewhat irregular), they more nearly resemble grapes. Their appearance is indeed very fine and rich. They are borne in terminal racemes, at first erect, but, subsequently, as the berries color, pendent. I have seen many plants on which the berries were very much more numerous than those sent.

The foliage, too, is very fine. Each leaf usually consists of four or five pair of leaflets and a terminal one. From twelve to eighteen inches is the usual length of an entire leaf. The three species named are perfectly hardy, and succeed well in a soil composed of good fibrous loam and decayed leaves or manure. - George Lovell, Bagshot. Gardeners' Chronicle.