The Larch is not an evergreen, but, as it comes under the same natural division, and is found growing in company with them, we shall notice it here. For ornamental purposes the American Larch (Larix American) is much inferior to the European species, {Larix communis.)

"The Larches are deciduous trees, of cold and mountainous regions of both continents. They are distinguished from the other Pines by their leaves, which grow many together, in bundles, from the top of buds, whose scales are as persistent as the leaves."

They grow from forty to eighty feet high. The European is extensively cultivated in England and Scotland for timber; many thousands of acres of poor, waste land are improved to great advantage for this purpose.

For ornamental purposes the Larch is important, on account of its rapid growth, beautiful symmetrical shape, and thick foliage, which is of an agreeable light bluish-green. The foliage differs from all the other cone-bearing trees, by the delicacy of its texture; late in autumn it turns to a soft, leather-yellow color, and, in the first days of November, falls. The Larch is in foliage very early in the spring, and forms a rich contrast to the dark evergreens. The lower branches of the Larch should never be pruned off; as the great beauty of the tree consists in its being clothed to the ground with its rich foliage.

There is a variety, called the Weeping Larch, (Larix pen-dula,) which is still more beautiful than either of the others. The foliage is much larger; the branches somewhat drooping.

Larix cedrus. - Cedar of Lebanon. - This magnificent evergreen tree, of the Larch family, is reputed to be a little tender in New England; but, planted where it may receive protection from our more hardy evergreen trees, we have no doubt it will stand without any difficulty, after it has become well established. In the Middle and Southern States there is no doubt but it will thrive and grow for centuries, as it is said it does in its native country. "It is unquestionably the most celebrated tree of the genus, and not less remarkable for the irregular grandeur of its form. The general character of its shoot, even when the tree is young, is singularly bold and picturesque, and quite different from that of every other species of the tribe. It is a native of the coldest parts of the mountains of Libanus, Amanus and Taurus; but it is now to be found in those places in great numbers. The great use of the cedar is to plant singly on lawns, or in the margin of plantations, where one or two specimens will give force and character to the dullest front of round-headed trees." - [Loudon.)

Mr. Downing says: "The most remarkable peculiarity in the Cedar of Lebanon is the horizontal disposition of its wide-spreading branches. This is not apparent in very young trees, but soon becomes so as they begin to develop large heads. Though in altitude this tree is exceeded by some of the pines lately discovered in Oregon, which reach truly gigantic oeights, yet, in breadth and massiveness, it far exceeds all ever green trees, and when old and finely developed on every side, is not equalled, in ornamental point of view, by any sylvan tree of temperate regions. Its character being essentially grand and magnificent, it therefore should only be planted where there is sufficient room for its development on every side Crowded amongst other trees, all its fine breadth and massive-ness is lost, and it is drawn up with a narrow head like any other of the Pine family. But, planted in the midst of a broad lawn, it will eventually form a sublime object, far more impressive and magnificent than most of the country houses which belong to the private life of a republic.

"The Cedar of Lebanon grows in almost any soil, from the poorest gravel to the richest loam. It has been remarked, in England, that its growth is most rapid in localities where, though planted in a good dry soil, its roots can reach water, such as situations near the margin of ponds or springs. In general, its average growth, in this country, in favorable soil, is about one foot in a year; and, where the soil is very deeply trenched before planting, or when its roots are not stinted in the supply of" moisture during the summer, it frequently advances with double that rapidity.

"Although hardy here, we understand in New England it requires slight protection in winter, while the trees are quite small,. The shelter afforded by sticking a few branches of evergreen in the ground around it, will fully answer the purpose. Wherever the Isabella Grape matures fully in the open air, it may be successfully cultivated. The cone of the Cedar of Lebanon is about four inches long and beautifully drawn.

" The only reason why this grandest and most interesting of all evergreen trees, which may be grown in this country as easily as the Hemlock, wherever the peach bears well, has not already been extensively planted, is owing to two causes. First* that its wants and adaptation to our soil and climate are not generally known; and, second, that it has, as yet, without any sufficient reason, been difficult to procure it, even in our largest nurseries."