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.
Prof. Beal has the following good word for the Pinus Banksiana. We have often wondered why this beautiful small growing Pine was so scarce:
"This small tree goes by a great variety of other names among the people of Michigan, such as scrub, clark, crocodile, Jack, buckwheat, etc. It is a scrubby bush or small tree, though it often becomes fifty or even eighty feet high and fifteen inches in diameter. It grows in poor sandy soil. It is rather more slender and graceful than the Austrian pine, which it somewhat resembles. The leaves are short and of a dark color. The grey Pine is not often planted, but I see no reason why it should not find a place on every well kept lawn. Small trees can be seen in the Abore-tum".