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.
Mr. Thomas Hogg has placed me under no small obligation for the information he has given in regard to the first introduction of Cerci-dophyllum. I failed to notice this plant in his brother's exceedingly rich and interesting collection of Japanese plants, and if I had ever heard of its introduction the fact had entirety escaped my memory. Mr. Hogg will add to the obligation I already feel if he will publish some details of the growth and hardiness of his brother's plant, and whether it can be expected to realize the expectation which have been formed in regard to this tree.
"Thanks to Col. Clark, President of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, I received some years ago, a supply of seed of Schizo-phragma," is the sentence in which I am made to claim "by inference " that Col. Clark first introduced this plant. How I imply it is not explained, and certainly nothing was further from my thoughts than to claim that Col. Clark had first introduced a plant of which I had seen a specimen in the Parsons' nursery at least a year before Col. Clark ever went to Japan.
As for Sciadopitys, it was introduced, if I mistake not, by Mr. Fortune in 1861, and when I urged on Col. Clark, before his departure for Japan, the importance of securing a large supply of seed of this tree for general introduction over the country, we were looking at a specimen in my garden over five feet high.
[Seeds of Sciadopitys verticillata were introduced by Commmodore Perry's expedition to Japan, during President Fillmore's administration, and plants from these seeds raised by Mr. William Saunders of the United States Experimental Grounds were widely distributed. A plant from this lot is now in view from the window while writing. - Ed. G. M].