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.
This is a splendid tree, and I have often wondered that it has not been cultivated. It is rare about me, indeed, never abundant anywhere ; but last fall I saw very beautiful and stately trees on the edge of the swamps near the Savannah river rice fields. A few years ago I procured two or three trees, a foot or two in height, but they have hardly grown at all in this dry and sandy soil; and yet I have seen them grow in such situations as Calebogue Sound, Hilton Head-within sight of the ocean. But they usually prefer the rich wet knolls of the swamps, but never anywhere do they form forests of pines as do the others.
[Hoopes, Bro. & Thomas had a nice specimen in their collection at the Centennial Exhibition.-Ed. G. M].