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.
This, the Acer campes-tre, or cork-barked maple, though affording good wood for cabinet making, does not grow to a very large size. Sometimes it seems to attain considerable dimensions, as appears by the following from the Gardeners' Chronicle. It may make a larger tree in the United States, where it seems perfectly at home. It may be noted, however, that the tree varies very much, and some forms seem more tree-like than others. The Austrian Maple, Acer Austriaeum, is hardly different bo-tanically, but grows to a large size. This is what the Chronicle says:
"Strutt, in his Sylva Britannica, gives an etching of a Maple growing in Boldne churchyard, within the New Forest, that Gilpin considered the largest (and probably the oldest) in England; and here, under the shade of this tree, and amidst the scenes he so much loved, he elected to be buried. Close to the ground this tree is stated to have been 12 feet in girth, and at 4 feet from the ground 7 feet 6 inches, and 45 feet in height. I have, however, met with several Maples, in Worcestershire equal in magnitude to this " Boldne Maple; " and on the banks of the river Teme, near Powick, 3 miles west of Worcester, is one much larger, the trunk dividing into three huge arms, supporting a multitude of lesser branches and dense foliage. This wide-spreading tree measured 15 feet in girth near the base at the time when it was sketched, and would be much more higher up from the divarication of the boles. It was rather more than 40 feet in height, and must be of very considerable age."