(derivation uncertain). Rhamndceaz. Shrubs, mostly climbing, rarely trees: leaves. deciduous, alternate, slender, petioled, entire or nearly so, with minute stipules: flowers. inconspicuous, 5-merous, in terminal, usually leafy panicles: flower. a small berry-like drupe with 2-celled stone. Twelve species in E. Asia, N. Amer., E. AEr.—Ornamental climbing shrubs, not quite hardy north, with small, bright green graceful foliage, useful for covering trellis work in sunny positions. They grow in almost any soil. Prop. by seeds and by root cuttings in spring under glass; also by layering the young shoots and by cuttings of mature wood in fall under glass.