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.
Thousands have been tried in the Eastern United States and failed. They die from a species of fungus, which takes the oldest leaves first, and the branches die from below upwards during the summer season. The impression has been that they thrive well in Europe. With this belief the editor of this magazine was surprised to find no good specimens when on his brief visit there a few years ago. The best were in the acclimitization gardens near Paris, and in the Royal Gardens at Osborne, in England. But even here they were failing. The respective gardeners attributed it to the " unfavorable soil at the roots," but it was evidently the work of the same old fungus. Of course the comparatively few places the editor had the chance to visit in so short a time, would not warrant a belief that the failure was general, but a recent number of the Garden says that thousands of pounds have been spent on these trees with but "two or three spots" in which they succeed "The tree is not really at home in England. It wants a warmer and more genial climate; otherwise it will die.
There are hundreds of dead and half-dead specimens in our gardens and parks now to prove it, and where they are not dead, who cares for the aspect of a poor, thin, half-leafless evergreen?"