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.
In a recent number of the Gardener's Monthly, a correspondent makes some inquiries about the Jug-lans praeparturiens. In a recent issue of Revue Horticole, Mons. Carriere gives au abstract of its history.
It was a chance seedling on the ground of Louis Chetenay of Doue-la-Fontaine in 1S30. It was first noted in print in the Annates de la Society d'Horticulture de Paris, 1S40.
Among a number of English walnuts only three years old, Chetenay saw one bearing fruit. M. Jamin cultivated it under the name of Juglans fertilis. under which name it still appears in some French catalogues. Poiteau, in the Bon Jardinier, for 1841, gives it the name .7. prseparturiens, which, by priority of publication, will be regarded as its rightful name. It bears when only two years old. Another writer says he had a dozen trees which bore fruit the fourth year - the trees being only three metres high. Occasionally they do not bear until five or six years old. The seeds from the original plant produce trees varying a little, but have the same general character of compact growth, early productiveness and great fertility.
M. Ferdinand Jamin says that seedlings from the original variety produce variable fruit, but all had the early bearing proclivity - fruiting the third or fourth year.
The late Andre Leroy gave it as his experience that in a general sense the variety reproduces itself from seed.
M. Carriere sums up the evidence as being conclusive that the variety comes relatively true from seed; that it produces generally small but very good walnuts, and because of its early bearing character often regarded as a dwarf, though often becoming a good sized tree.