Linden are good trees that may be used sparingly in rather prominent positions. It is a great deal better not to plant too many varieties on a small place or the grounds will look like an arboretum, but of course the good trees that are available should be used. The Tulip or Whitewood is a pyramidal-shaped tree of much grandeur when mature. It has large, smooth, lobed leaves, and a large flower shaped like a Tulip, greenish yellow with orange markings, and fragrant. But its growth is rather slow and it is not easy to transplant. If there are any Hickory, Chestnut or Walnut trees on your land when it comes into your possession they should be retained by all means, but there are many other trees that it would pay better to plant, as the Nut trees take years to become interesting and useful and have their disadvantages; the Chestnuts although beautiful in flower litter up the lawn horribly; the Hickories lose their leaves early; the Walnuts breed millions upon millions of caterpillars that eat up at least two sets of leaves during the summer. Of the three the Chestnut is the most desirable. Poplars are quick growing trees that are used principally for screens, but they are very shortlived and almost worthless.
They lose their leaves early, frost or no frost, and if the season is at all dry the first of September will see them bare and unsightly. The single exception in the family is the Lombardy, which is the longest lived of the tribe. It may be used very sparingly in semi-formal work on small grounds as an accent on the rest of the planting. One or two are more effective than half-a-dozen, and their positions should be carefully chosen. They are foreign notes that should be very softly introduced into the composition of the American yard or they will spoil the harmony. One or two might be used as a link between a house that exhibits a continental theme of architecture, and the garden. When one sees a Lombardy Poplar one thinks instinctively of France, and why should one be reminded of France when walking in one's garden? On the Continent they were used principally to border very long, very straight stretches of roadway and canals.