This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. C. M. Hovey tells the Gardeners' Chronicle that the Tulip tree "in America is not a very common tree in cultivated gardens; as Americans are proverbially in a hurry to get up shade trees, as they do a house, they neglect the Tulip tree and the Magnolia, and take the Elm, the Horse-chestnut,the Maple, and other trees".
It so happens that the Tulip tree is a much more rapid grower than the Horse-chestnut or many maples; the common Silver maple alone possibly exceeding the Tulip tree. The proverbial haste of Americans can therefore have little to do with the imaginary scarcity; for after all the scarcity is but imaginary. The writer of this once asked a prominent Boston amateur why American trees were scarce on his grounds, and was answered that the nurseries of that city imported most of their young nursery stock from England, and of European species, and hence he could not find American kinds to plant. We fancy Mr. Hovey must be speaking of his own city experience, when he continually represents to Europeans that Americans neglect their own beautiful frees. If it is true of Boston we know it is not true of other large American cities. We will say at least for the nurseries radiating from New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, that leaving out the Norway maple, Horse-chest-nut, and Norway spruce, nine-tenths of the trees sold are American species. Of the Tulip tree one reliable nursery firm assures us that their sales of it during the past twenty years, for ornamental purposes alone, cannot have been less than thirty thousand trees.
We are coming to the conclusion that Mr. Hovey's experience of American nurseries and of American taste for trees must be very limited, and we are not willing that his opinions in English papers should stand for "American" opinions. They are Mr. Hovey's and nothing more.