This section of the book is from the Guide To Hardy Fruits And Ornamentals book, by Thomas Joseph Dwyer, published in 1903.
-- This variety has become very popular of late and to our knowledge is being planted quite extensively. The tree is a rapid, strong, vigorous grower and comes into bearing a short time after being planted. It is productive of large nuts; the flavor is very good. We can recommend this variety to all.
-- A hardy, productive variety of European origin, but seems well adapted to this. climate. It ripens early, nuts are large and of good quality. An early fruiter; an exceedingly productive and annual bearer.
* Japan Giant Chestnut
-- The tree is decidedly ornamental, hardy and productive, of dwarf habit, bearing extremely young; nuts of enormous size.
-- Tree of immense size and very productive, more than 5 bushels of nuts, which sold at $11 per bushel, having been gathered from the original tree in a single season; burrs are of medium size and carry from 2 to 8 nuts each; nuts of medium size, with some fuzz at point; kernels sweet and of good quality. One of the most valuable. Tree very healthy.
* American or Sweet
-- The well known chestnut of the forest In sweetness and delicacy of flavor, or as a shade tree, unsurpassed. These trees grow to enormous size and bear every year prolific crops of fruit of the highest quality.
-- A very large, handsome nut, that has been grown in Pennsylvania for many years, and is found so nearly identical with Pargon in growth and fruit that it is not improbable that it was a nut of this variety from which Mr. Schaeffer, of Germantown, grew the original Paragon tree. Comes to fruit age very young, and is an enormous bearer of nuts of very good quality.
* Spanish Chestnut
-- A very hardy, productive nut and becoming more popular each year.
* Japan Mammoth
-- Immense size, and of fine flavor; the burrs contain at times as many as five large nuts; the tree is similar in habit and growth to the Italian Chestnut; they yield fruit in two years after planting; seedlings vary in size and shape, as well as in habit of growth and productiveness, and are not so reliable as grafted trees. Early Reliance (Japan). Tree of dwarf, spreading habit; begins to bear very young. Nuts large, smooth and very attractive. Enormously productive.