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.
I notice in the Gardener's Monthly the subject of eccentricity in wood growth. I have had two remarkable illustrations on my grounds.
A choke cherry sprang from seed in front of my piazza, close to it, and could only be moved by the winds laterally. The section of the trunk was elliptical, the longer diameter being nearly double the shorter. Since the tree has grown above the roof of the piazza the trunk is becoming less elliptical.
A young plum tree standing close by the side of an out building was killed by mice, and the sprouts were allowed to grow. These "were all elliptical like the cherry, and made most wood on the two sides. It appeared to me that the trees made wood where if was most needed, on the sides where the strain of the wind came.
Sometimes the eccentricity is produced by large branches or large roots on one side of the stem, and in other cases these seem to have little influence.
[In connection with Mr. Gold's interesting observations it may be noted, that the celebrated horticulturist, Thomas Andrew Knight, believed that the winds often had an influence in the way suggested here. In regard to the influence of large branches or roots in particular cases, the red cedar affords familiar illustrations. - Editor G.M.]