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.
We think it is not improbable that there may be a tree in New Jersey that has done this, although it is doing extra well. The growth of trees in this country, as compared with England, is amazing. The writer of this had a dozen posts made from an English Oak, twelve years old. It makes three growths a year here, and annual shoots five feet long are not unusual.
The Gardener's Record, says: 'Mention is made of a Weeping Willow fifty feet high, after five years' growth in New Jersey soil. Astonishing rate of growth, if true.'"
"The tree was planted near a neighbor's house, five years ago. It was at that time about ten feet high. It is now about ten feet higher than the house, which consists of three stories over the cellar, which is three feet above ground. I did riot measure it except by the house, each story of which is at least ten feet in height. You will see my estimate is not out of the way. It is not a remarkable growth for the Weeping Willow in suitable soil and situation. I mentioned it rather to show rapid than extrordinary growth.