This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Your Bridgeport correspondent who, I notice, still writes to you regarding the merits of the much abused Ailanthus, has, I believe, not mentioned as yet the fact observed by several naturalists, that the rosebug is stupefied, sickened and probably destroyed by either eating the leaves, or getting within the atmosphere surrounding the male or staminate plant of this species.
Great numbers of this pest of the garden have been seen on several occasions in a crippled or dying condition beneath the tree, one instance being given where the ground was literally covered with them.
This being the case, would it not be politic for those who cultivate the rose either for pleasure or profit, to try the experiment of introducing the male Ailanthus into their grounds as a means of reducing the numbers of this destructive insect.
I would suggest its use as a shrub, and individual specimens of it could be placed wherever they would appear to the best advantage, or they could be set in an uneven row as a background to the protected plant.
Like Genl. Noble, I am an admirer of both the staminate and pistillate Ailanthus, and think that the former is one of the best adapted of all trees for shading our city streets, owing to its very open habit.