This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V25", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The California papers have been intelligently discussing this variety of walnut. It has been thought to be a dwarf - probably because small or young trees are full of fruit. Mr. Felix Gillett sums in the Rural Press, all that has been said of its dwarf character in these words: "In my opinion, however, the Juglans Praeparturiens of France, and the English Dwarf Prolific of America, are the same thing, though it is not clear in my mind why the Praeparturiens or fertile walnut has gone in America under the name of Dwarf Prolific. As to who gave it that name it seems that nobody knows. The name is far from being appropriate, and serves only to bring confusion in names, and gives a false impression as to the habits of growing of the tree."
As regards the value of the variety in California, Mr. John Rusk remarks: "We will soon see the day when no other sorts will be planted than grafted chestnuts and Praepaturiens walnuts. To wait from twelve to twenty years for walnuts from common sorts will not do when you can have them ni bearing in three or four years."