With a very pretty specimen of fruit, Baird & Tuttle, write: "For your inspection we mail you this day a sample fruit of the Japan Persimmon raised in California. We retain a specimen of another variety, •unfit for shipment, that is fully as fine as the one sent. We are very much interested in this fruit and hope to most thoroughly test the hardness of the imported trees this coming winter. Trees planted last spring in nursery row have done well but were very late in making a new growth and the early frosts caused leaves to drop. Root grafts have done poorly: we budded the Japan on the native persimmon with perfect success. We think this most delicious fruit is worthy of very extended experiment and trial before condemning it as tender or unfit for the north".