There is found growing in this country a species of oak that, from its abundance, if nothing else, will attract attention. It is found growing in dense patches and thickets, in moist places in gulches, ravines, and on parks, hillsides, and mountain slopes, and even on the very tops of many mountain peaks and ridges in this vicinity. In sheltered places this oak sometimes attains a diameter of six inches, and a height of twenty feet. But such specimens generally present all the characteristics of age and decrepitude; being rough, crooked, and gnarled, with dead branches and decayed knot holes. In younger groups, when the trees are 1 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter, and 8 to 12 feet high, they have a very vigorous, thrifty growth. On account of their abundance and the ease with which they are procured, these are frequently used for grape stakes; but the timber, either old or young, is not very durable, especially when compared with the common cedar - Juniperus communis - that abounds on the foothills in all this region.

As we ascend the mountain slopes, this oak becomes more dwarf in habit, till near the exposed summit it becomes a mere shrub, I to 3 feet in height. Here it is often found in patches many acres in extent. In the fall, when the frost has first touched these higher altitudes, even while the lower plains and valleys are still clothed in their summer green, these fields of oak shrubbery put on their bright tints of crimson and gold. This gives the slopes and summits of the mountains a very attractive, variegated appearance that may be distinctly seen for a distance of many miles. A stranger is liable to fall into the error of supposing that these patches of bright color are caused by a profusion of late blooming flowers.

Some seasons this oak produces abundant crops of acorns, that are eagerly devoured by deer, elk, bears, hogs, and other animals.

Though so familiar with this tree, I have never studied up its botanical status, so I cannot give the specific name with any certainty, though I suspect it to be Quercus montana.

Canon City, Colorado.

[We have often thought and suggested in these columns, that this oak would be well worthy of the attention of landscape and park gardeners. Some unique effects could be produced from it. Its botanical name is Quercus undulata. - Ed. G. M].