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.
Some of the Southern species of oaks, among which are the two named above, creep up a considerable way towards a colder clime. In Wood's Botany the location of the Quercus Phellos, Willow Oak, is given as from N. J. to Fla., and Western States, and of the Q. falcata, Spanish Oak, as from Va. to Fla. I was pleased one day last fall, to find some fine specimens of the Phellos just outside of Philadelphia county, across the Darby Creek where the bridge takes one across to Delaware county. There are some five or six trees in a small clump of woods, the largest of them perhaps fifty feet high, and growing side by side with the Quercus palustris, which abounds in this neighborhood. I have been told of specimens of the Quercus Phellos which formerly grew in Gray's woods, some four miles north of these of which I am writing grow.
It would be interesting to know the furthest northern point that this beautiful Oak has been where found growing wild.
In the same vicinity that I name are scattered specimens of the Quercus falcata, but this extends further up towards Philadelphia city, and even above it, as a large tree grows in Lans-downe Ravine, quite near Horticultural Hall, Pairmount Park. Specimens can also be found in Mt. Moriah Cemetery and adjacent places. The deeply lobed leaves, so tomentous underneath and so leathery to the touch, make it easily recognized from others.
Country folks hereabouts call the Quercus coc-cinia the Spanish Oak, but our botanical works give this name to the Quercus falcata.