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.
This species has been in the past a very favorite tree in the prairie towns of West Louisiana where fine specimens are common; and at several places both in Western Louisiana and Eastern Texas it is naturalized in the woods at considerable distance from any existing settlements.
Mr. Letterman of Allenton, Mo., who devoted last summer to studying the forests of Arkansas and the Indian Territory, discovered some fine specimens in the town of Washington in Southern Arkansas. In the hotel yard there, he writes me, are two trees which were brought from Nachitoches, on Red River, in 1840, and which measure eleven and one-half feet and ten and one-half feet in circumference at four feet from the ground; and two in the grounds of Gen'l Y. D. Royston, which were brought from Monroe, La., in 1836-37, and which girt ten and one-quarter feet. Mr. Letterman found this tree thoroughly naturalized in the woods about Washington and about Little Rock on the Arkansas River.