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.
Too great expectations as to the horticultural value of this much-heralded plant will, I fear, only lead to greater disappointment. It is by no means new, as it was very well figured forty odd years ago by Siebold and Zuccarini in their Flora of Japan; and if it is new to gardens it is only because it has never seemed worth introducing into them before. The foliage is by no means striking. The individual flowers are small and arranged in loose long-branched cymes, but without any of the showy sterile flowers which make Hydrangeas desirable garden plants. In Schizophragma, a few of the outer pedicels are very much lengthened out, and in place of flowers, bear small white bracts, which however characteristic and curious, add no beauty to the inflorescence. Thanks to Colonel Clark, President of the Massachusetts Agricultural College. I received some years ago, a supply of seed of Schizophragma, of which I had a large number raised for distribution among European botanic gardens and other correspondents. No plant is more easily raised either from seed or from cuttings. Some of Colonel Clark's other Japanese introductions are of far greater value and interest, notably Sciadopitys, of which, thanks to him, there are now seedlings by the hundred-thousands in the country.
To him too, we are indebted for the first introduction of the anomalous Cercido-phyllum Japonicum, in which there is good promise of an ornamental deciduous tree of the very first importance.