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.
Though not included in botanical works, the cherry of our gardens is one of the commonest of wild trees in Pennsylvania, and they, in the short time since their escape from culture, have grown to enormous sizes. The editor of The Gardener's Monthly has one on his grounds that is 8 feet 6 inches round, 5 feet from the ground; and this is considered a very large trunk; but there is one on the grounds of Mr. Richard Cripp, of By-berry, Pa., that is double this, or sixteen feet. Can any one beat this ? The cherry is highly esteemed for its timber by cabinet-makers. It resembles mahogany, when polished. It is also a very valuable fuel; but we do not know of any other demand for it.