THE AMERICAN HANDBOOK OF ORNAMENTAL TREES

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Page 127 - July, and bloom in succession during two or three months. This tree possesses the agreeable singularity of bearing flowers when it is only three or four feet high. The fruit is an oval capsule, divided into five compartments, each of which contains small, black, winged seeds.
Page 215 - ... over nine feet in circumference. When grown alone it naturally assumes a low branching form, similar to the silver maple ; but closely planted, it makes an upright, towering tree, attaining, as Mechan informs us, a height of seventy feet. The same author says in regard to the family of willows : " Though many of them thrive in moist places, it is not so in all the kinds. Some of them do well in the driest soils, and are adapted to> ornament every situation. They are destined yet to receive considerable...
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Page 103 - In general, planting should be done as soon as possible after the frost is out of the ground, the exact period depending upon local climate and soil conditions.
Page 39 - ... hesitate to act. If fall planting be adopted, the elaborated sap contained in every branch, will assist in the formation of roots. As there is little or no evaporation from the tree in the winter season, the branches can do no harm any way ; and by the spring the tree will have made roots to serve them. In spring planting also, if the roots have an abundance of fibres, cut nothing away ; they can support all. If otherwise, pruning must be resorted to, or the sap will be dried out of them before...
Page 227 - English churchyards and cemeteries, suggests ideas too funereal for the life-enjoying pleasures of a garden. Others look on the wellknown degree of abuse it will submit to, as a subject of pleasing reflection, suggestive of the victorious nature of meek, uncomplaining, persevering effort in overcoming all obstacles. But for the once setting aside both poetry and association, our collections are too scarce of evergreens to allow us to dispense with one, and for my part I admire the yew.
Page 54 - There is a great diversity of opinion respecting the merits of this tree in a landscape. The objection is chiefly to the monotonous formality of its appearance; yet, when it is in a situation highly artificial or extra-natural — as near ornamental buildings, on rugged, rocky places, or on the tops of informal hills — there is probably nothing more beautiful.
Page xiv - To aid the mechanic in the choice of proper trees for his dwelling, and in their proper treatment; to assist the active business man in most effectually embellishing his residence, and combining the most beautiful with the most useful, and to point out to the retired citizen the principles by which the jnost pleasing effects from trees can be derived, as well as the most successful modes of rearing, planting, and cultivating them...
Page 152 - Chinese magnolia ; yulan. Flowering in April. It is a native of China, where it is said to have been in cultivation over one thousand years ; and well it deserves to be. Flowering in the greatest profusion, and at a season when there is nothing else in bloom, and...
Page 127 - Although the layer of vegetable mould is only three or four inches thick, and reposes upon a bed of barren sand, the vegetation of these trees is surprisingly luxuriant. The loblolly bay grows to the height of 50 or 60 feet, with a diameter of 18 or 20 inches. For 25 to 30 feet its trunk is perfectly straight. The small divergency of its branches near the trunk gives it a regularly pyramidical form ; but as they ascend they spread more loosely, like those of other trees of the forest.

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