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.
A. T. McN., Jackson, Mich., asks: " Will you please answer through the medium of the Gardener's Monthly the following questions:
" I have noticed that there is a considerable difference in the appearance of different specimens of the Norway Spruce, in respect to habit of growth. Some have a distinctly pendulous character to the small branches, giving them a far richer and more elegant appearance, and reminding one of heavy folds of crape, thus making them very desirable and ornamental planting for cemeteries. Close inspection reveals no other difference between these and the Norway Spruce of upright and cheerful habit, more common here. Are the pendulous specimens a distinct variety, or merely a sport, or neither? My ignorance may appear ridiculous to those familiar with this difference, but one way to learn is to ask".
[It is a law in all trees that there are no two exactly alike, though some species show a wider range of variation than others. The Norway Spruce especially varies very much. There is no way to select with absolute certainty the pendulous forms from the other, but at the pushing out of the leaves in spring, we may come pretty near accuracy by selecting those which push out a little later than others. When one has a variety they wish to perpetuate, it can be done by layering. - Ed. G. M].