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.
A correspondent of the Michigan Farmer, thus writes of this Pine. There is not much demand for this tree, in the nursery trade; yet we know of a few progressive nurserymen who would gladly try what sort of an ornamental tree it would make if they could get any one in the districts where they grow to collect a little seed; but so far, none of them have succeeded in getting any. This is what the Michigan correspondent says:
"In this State where this tree is very common and grows to great perfection the lumbermen nearly all call it Norway pine. This is an unfortunate name, as it does not grow in Norway. It sometimes becomes a very tall, straight tree, two feet or more in diameter. The bark is red and rather smooth, the leaves are about five inches long, of a dark green color and boruo in bunches at the end of the branches. The color of the trunk and the long leaves make it a tree of peculiar appearance. It is not very common in cultivation, probably because the nurserymen cannot easily get seeds. Young trees taken from their native soil are very likely to die. In my opinion it is a more beautiful tree than the Scotch pine, and more beautiful than many others which are often used for ornamental purposes. Small specimens grow in the Arboretum".