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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Phillyrea (its ancient Greek name). Oleaceae. Ornamental woody plants, grown for their handsome evergreen foliage.

Evergreen shrubs or small trees: lvs. opposite, short- petioled, entire or serrate, quite glabrous: fls. small, in axillary short racemes, dioecious; calyx 4-toothed; corolla 4-lobed, with short tube; stamens 2, with very short filaments; style shorter than tube; ovary 2- celled: fr. a 1-seeded black drupe.—Five species in the Medit. region. The name is sometimes misspelled Filaria.

The phillyreas have small, or in one species rather large leaves, and small white flowers, followed by small berry-like purplish black fruits. The species are hardy only South, but P. decora, the handsomest of all the species, is probably hardy in sheltered positions as far north as Massachusetts. They may be used in the southern states and California for evergreen shrubberies in drier and more exposed localities. They grow in almost any soil and prefer sunny positions; but P. decora seems to grow better if partly shaded. Propagation is by seeds sown after maturity and by cuttings of half- ripened wood under glass in summer or by layers; they are also sometimes grafted on Ligustrum ovalifolium. CH

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