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.
In our recent trip to the far South, we know of nothing that so impressed us with its rare beauty as the Live Oak, and we feel a grateful remembrance of Col. Hardee of New Orleans, for a drive to where these beauties were. The general aspect of these trees is that of huge apple trees, - that is to say, they branch comparatively low down, and spend their remaining efforts in producing immense heads. In this way the trees, tall as they are, are wider than high? The branchlets are rather slender for an oak, and hence in spreading become somewhat pendulous, and this favors the spread of the " moss" (Tillandsia usneoides). This moss does not increase much from seed, but by pieces blowing on the other branches, and thus new colonies are formed, and of course a sub-pendulous habit is an advantage to the spread of the Tillandsia. With yards in length of this "moss" hanging in every direction from a grand Live Oak tree, it seems to make the perfection of arborescent beauty.