This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
As stated above, this tree is remarkable for its productiveness as well as size. In fact it is more profitable than any two or three orchard trees in the neighborhood. For the past ten years it has failed but once of producing a crop of fruit, yielding from twenty to eighty pounds of seed, which has been sold to nurserymen for 75 cents to $1 per pound. When ripe the seeds fall out of the cones while on the tree, and are picked up by our three youngest children, who are given the proceeds annually as their Christmas money, with which to buy presents for one another and for cousins. So it may well be believed that our Centennial Magnolia is an important feature of the homestead, as well as a conspicuous one. Is there a larger tree of the kind in the Union?