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 Rochester, N. Y., correspondent says: " I send you herewith a couple of sprigs taken from cut-leaved Birch. The tree is fifteen years planted, and large. A few feet from the ground a limb branches out from the body; three feet from the trunk of the tree this branch forks, each of the two resulting limbs being four or five feet long. One of these limbs bears the cut-leaf one, the other the plain leaf. It struck me as being a curious freak, and I thought it might interest you, so I send you a sample of the same".
[This return of the Cut-leaved Birch to its original form is now and then seen, and is curious. - Ed. G. M].