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.
For years and years we have had served up to us the statement that on the shores of the Bosphorus, is a Plane tree that is 150 feet in circumference. Absurd as the statement is, like many other forest stories of Europe, it has been told over and over again till no one dared to gainsay it. A correspondent of the Journal of Forestry, recently had the chance to measure that tree, and found it only nine feet, at five feet from the ground. But he feels it necessary to apologize to "the truth of history," by meekly suggesting that probably the "tree under which Godfrey de Bouillon rested," might have had that large circumference, but that it has long since died, and this one "may have sprung from its roots".