Considering the great economic importance of the apple to the inhabitants of the north temperate zone, I must confess I am disgusted at the small amount of attention it has received from our botanists. The native species of the Old World, even, do not seem to be well studied and characterized, and our New World botanists have probably not improved on this condition of things.

Nevertheless, I wish to bring before your botanical as well as horticultural readers two species that I think should be better known, for the purpose of eliciting such information as may exist concerning them.