The finest evergreen shrub or tree north of Mason St Dixon's line, and one which is most neglected - nay which one never sees in a nursery, pleasure ground, or garden, is the American Holly. It is not a tender tree, for it grows in the eastern part of Massachusetts. And it is not a rare tree, for in New-Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia, the woods in many places abound with fine specimens, from six to thirty feet high. At this season of the year, nothing is more beautiful than these holly trees, laden with berries of the richest coral color, which contrast so finely with the fine green foliage. This, our native holly, is very much like the European, except the foliage is a lighter green and less glossy. It is also hardier. Yet it would probably be found difficult to purchase twenty plants of the American Holly in any nursery in America - consequently nobody plants it, and few people know any thing about it. We think it is so little planted, because it takes some years to raise it from seed, and nurserymen, therefore, neglect it for shrubs more easily turned into money, and partly because it requires a point or two of attention in establishing it. It docs not grow well in open exposed sites, nor in heavy clayey soil.

Choose a sheltered site - under the partial shade of trees or buildings - and give it a light gravelly or sandy soil, and it will soon repay one for the trouble of planting. The finest garden specimens that we remember to have seen, are two we saw last month, standing on the grounds near the President's house, Washington. They were pictures of beauty in their rich green and coral dress, that would cheat any winter landscape of its dreariness.