The two shrubs cultivated in gardens belonging to this genus are handsome, robust evergreens, with alternate, stout-textured rhododendronlike leaves. Flowers unisexual, with the sexes on separate plants, of no beauty. The males have no petals, very small sepals, but curious, large, stout anthers. Fruit a roundish or oval drupe. The two following shrubs will grow in any good soil, and are useful for moist, shady positions. Both are lime-tolerant but perhaps not suitable for really chalky soils. Propagated by cuttings made of moderately ripened wood in July, and placed in gentle bottom heat.