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.
The Cupressus Knightiana and horizontalis, are making an almost incredible growth here. One of the latter, now ten years old, is about a foot in diameter at the ground, and thirty feet high. We in Western Texas have too much lime in our soil for pine, but I believe forests of Cupressus are practicable. I have thirteen varieties doing well enough. Every spot seems suited to cedar. I have the common red cedar > nine years from the seed bed, and now large enough for posts. Is the wood of the Cupressus Knightiana and sempervirens horizontalis valuable? If so, their culture here will be an object for timber purposes.
The latter rivals the pine for thrift and straightness, while the former far exceeds it and everything else I have seen in rapidity of growth.