This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
There is a prevailing impression that when a forest is cut or burnt down, it is succeeded by trees of a different character. This is certainly the case in many instances, but the reverse could perhaps bring forward as many illustrations. During a recent trip through parts of the Province of Quebec it was interesting to note the immense number of young sugar maples coming up under the shadow of aged trees. The sugar maple is a much more common tree than the writer had supposed. There are immense tracts covered almost wholly by these trees. Under them the seedlings are often so thick that one might imagine a rabbit could scarcely force its way through. In all our forest experience in the United States we do not remember any kind of tree which produces its seedlings in such numbers, and so thickly together under the parent tree as do the Canadian sugar maples.