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.
We have from time to time had notices of this new tree. A recent number of the Garden gives a colored illustration, and shows it to be more beautiful than one would suppose from the description. The flowers are as large as an apple blossom, white on the upper portion of the petals, but of a purplish crimson at the base, and they are borne in upright clusters, like those of the horse chestnut. The leaves are like the mountain ash, whence its specific name sorbifolia. As it grows in its native wilds in China, together with the Kolreu-teria, which is one of our hardiest trees, we may look on this as something well worthy of introduction into our own country.