This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The arrival of the Gardener's Monthly reminds me of a beautiful witch hazel (Hamma-melis Virginiana) of which I wish to tell you. It grew in Monroe County, Pa., in an open plateau in the wild woods, not far from Buckhill Falls. The shape, was an exact sugar loaf, covered with golden bloom, height about ten or twelve feet and diameter at base four to five feet. It was so perfect in every respect, standing there on the wild wood lawn, that I thought some one who could appreciate it, should hear of it, if they could not see it, and perhaps others could be trained to this shape.