This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
W. M., La-zette, Cowley Co., Kansas, writes: " I am about to plant somewhat extensively of various trees. I planted twenty-five Tulip trees, one year old last spring, and they all lived through a very trying summer, fall and winter. A friend of mine has a number of the Magnolia grandiflora, which have survived three Kansas seasons. I have been to much trouble and expense already, and regret to say that most of my experiments have not been crowned with success; but I keep trying, I presume from force of habit. I have failed invariably with coniferous evergreens. Do you consider the Blue Gum hardy? I planted last spring a quantity of seeds called here the China Tree. Do you know it by that name, and if so what is its botanic name? I raised about three thousand, and they did remarkably well. 1 would be glad if you could furnish me a botanic description of the mature tree".
[It is almost impossible for one to tell what will do well in the newer settled portions of our country, except by actual experiment. It would, for instance, not have been safe for any one to have recommended the Magnolia grandiflora or the China tree for Cowley County, and it is a valuable piece of knowledge that they will do well there. The Tulip tree we have before had the impression would do well. It is a capital tree for the Western plains from its deep rooting proclivities. The China tree is Melia Aze-derach. It stands a good amount of cold in winter, when it is able to grow vigorous and strong by long continued summer heat. Still, as we have said, it is news that it will do well in Kansas. - Ed. G. M].