This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Says the Salisbury, N. C, Watchman: "Seven miles west of Salisbury, on the premises of James B. Gibson, is a botanic curiosity in the shape of a gum tree. About ten years ago one of the prongs (it branched into a fork about a yard from the ground) was cut off, and in falling one of its limbs caught on a limb of the remaining prong. It was not further molested, and the limb of the dependent tree, now an inch and a half in diameter, grew into the one that held it up. The remarkable feature is that the rootless tree still lives or grows, though not so fast as its twin, - that a tree 25 feet high, with abundant foliage, should be supplied with sufficient sap from the contact of the above-mentioned limb, a surface of probably not more than three square inches".