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.
Among the many trees, •spoken of for timber planting, the White Pine is rarely named. And yet it has some points well worth remembering. Speaking of some eastern experiences, the American Cultivator says:
"We have accounts of many White Pine trees that were 250 feet in height and six feet in diameter. One in Lancaster, N. H., measured 264 feet. Eighty years ago several trees growing on rather dry land in Blandford measured, after they were felled, 223 feet. In the Summer of 1841, a mast was made on the Penobscot River, Me., which measured, after being hewn to an octagonal shape, ninety feet in length, thirty-six inches in diameter at the butt, and twenty-eight inches at the top. Many masts have been hewn on that river in former times, from seventy to ninety feet in length. The roots of the White Pine, even in the old trees, of seventy to one hundred feet in height, rarely penetrate more than two or three feet, taper rapidly, and extend twelve or fifteen, not often twenty, feet on every side. In trees of not over twenty-five or thirty feet the roots do not penetrate more than fifteen or eighteen inches".