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.
It is said that plants of the Japan Persimmon are introduced into California, duty free, as "tropical fruits.""We pass no opinion here on the policy of duties on trees and plants; but are interested in the geographical problem. We had no idea that even an American Congress would regard Japan as"within the tropics;" but then an American Congress is a thing wonderfully and fearfully made. It was only a year or so ago, we had to call its attention to the fact, that a"Rhododendron, when it reached the shores of Boston, from England, became a"semi-tropical fruit." We are sorry for the plants, but must keep our geographical heads level.