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.
During a recent visit, in company with Mr. W. M. Canby, to the old garden of Humphrey Marshall, author of the Arbustum Americamimr we took occasion to measure some of his most remarkable trees.
Humphrey Marshall built his house at what is now Marshallton, West Chester Co., Pa., in 1764, and it is probable that these trees were planted during the years immediately subsequent to that date or not long after. The measurements were taken three and a half feet from the ground.
Raised from an acorn from Bartram's original plant. A very tall and spreading tree, girted 7 feet 1/4 inch.
10 feet 7 inches.
8 feet 10 inches.
9 feet 5 inches.
5 feet 11 inches.
A magnificent symmetrical specimen, with bark hardly to be distinguished from that of White Oak, 11 feet 9 inches.
By the road-side in the Southern part of West Chester County, we measured a venerable chestnut tree, which showed a trunk twenty-three feet and seven inches in circumference at four feet from the ground.