Rhus Aromatica

Among pretty early flowering shrubs, this deserves a prominent place. It flowers with the spice bush, and Golden Bell, and though not quite so gay as the latter, is yet a showy plant. Its succeeding berries make the plant a pretty bush in summer. Though a Rhus, it does not belong to the venomous section.

Muslin For Greenhouse Shades

In reply to inquiry of R. L. B., of Des Moines, Iowa, I can say that I have tried all sorts of washes as applied to glass and find them all bad. For the last three years I have used a very thin unbleached muslin called cheese cloth, which I tack up on the inside of my houses against the rafters. It costs only five cents per yard, and is yard-wide. When it gets soiled I have it washed ready for next year.


G. asks: - "What is Oleobachia palustris and why is it termed the battle tree."

Cypripedium Superbum

G. inquires: - "Will some of the readers of the Monthly be so good as to give me a description of Cypripedium superbum. Also a few hints as to its treatment."

The Grape Crop At Brocton

G. S., Brocton, N. Y., says: "The grape crop in the town of Portland, in 1880, was 1,706,733 pounds, or 853 tons and 733 pounds. Of this amount, 180 tons-were sent to Philadelphia alone, which Mr. Michael, of that city, mostly handled, and he assured me that the Brocton grapes brought a half to one cent per pound more than Ham-mondsport. Certainly his returns were satisfactory to all shippers from this town."

Lumber In The Shenandoah

The Virginias gives the following as the leading kinds of trees lumbered along the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad: Yellow Poplar or White Wood (Lirioden-dron), Black Walnut, Ash, Cherry, White Walnut, Basswood, Maple, Beech, Buttonwood (Sycamore), Hickory, Chestnut, White Oak, White Pine.


These are a considerable article of trade between Buckingham county and Richmond, Virginia. Quantities are shipped from New York to the West Indies.

Celsemium Nitidum

I see in your April number a description of the double flowering Carolina jasmine. (Gelsemium nitidum, I believe is the proper name. I have seen it growing luxuriantly, equal to the single variety. It is very sweet and beautiful, and I should be very glad if Capt. D. W. Langdon, of the celebrated Langdon Nurseries, could tell us if it is as hardy as the single variety.

The Tzite Tree

According to the Quitches, an ancient tribe of Guatemala, man was made of a tree called Tzite, and woman of the pith of a reed.