This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I was well pleased with your frontispiece in the December number of Gardener's Monthly, the Andromeda arborea, and hope it will be appreciated by the readers. It is a tree always admired. It grew in great abundance on my old home farm in Kentucky. I have seen the trees forty feet high without a limb, and then with a top shaped like an umbrella; but they generally branch from the ground, and bloom when quite small, when they have a shrub-like appearance, and are very handsome. When I was a boy I used to make canes of the young wood, ring streaked and spotted like Jaoob's rods that he set up along the gutters and water troughs while tending Laban's cattle. I have frequently seen the young plants growing on old rotten logs, also among the moss on rocks. When I came to Kansas I gathered a few plants from the forest and brought them with me, also some seed, but the latter failed to grow. They were likely gathered before fully ripe, as I was very anxious to secure some seed. I also gathered at different times to make sure of them.
The flowers hang for a long time on the trees, which adds to its value as an ornamental tree.