Oak. - Mr. Emerson describes eleven species of Oak in his report on the trees and shrubs of Massachusetts; but these are a small part of the Oaks indigenous to the United States. "The
Oak family, the glory of the woods, and the friend and nurse of our nice in its infancy, yields to no others in its importance to mankind." Perhaps the White Oak is one of the most valuable of the whole tribe :
"Not a prince, In all that proud old world beyond the deep, E'er wore his crown as loftily as he Wears the green coronal of leaves with which Thy hand hath graced him."
In addition to our native Oaks, there are some foreign species and varieties worthy of a place in the ornamental plantation or arboretum, - as the English, Turkey, Variegated leaf, Weeping, etc.