This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"L. B. C," Richmond, Ind., says: "With this I mail you a little paper box containing two small worms that I find feeding on the foliage of my Russian Apricot. They are very voracious feeders even if they are small, but unlike most of our insects, they feed from the upper side of the leaf and can be more readily seen and destroyed than those that feed from the under side of the leaf. If the larva is familiar with you, will you kindly give us its name? May I say a good word for the Russian Apricot in this connection? Two years ago I received from Geo. F. Clark, of Odell, Nebraska, a small plant of the Russian Apricot with some other rare things, which made a fine, healthy growth during the first summer and ripened its wood splendidly, and I thought it made such a fine looking ornamental bush that I would not trust it out without protection over winter, but try to keep it in the open ground, even if I had my doubts about its fruiting value, but in my hurry to do other autumn work it was overlooked and remained unprotected during the past two winters without receiving any injury.
Now, if it was not to bear any fruit, its beautiful peach-like foliage, its dense symmetrical head, and lovely peach-like flowers in early spring would command attention as an ornamental tree for lawn planting, but it does bear a very desirable fruit which makes it doubly valuable".