This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V29", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. Levi W. Russell tells the members of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society that the red maple,also known as the swamp, and improperly as the white, maple is too little esteemed for ornament and shade. Alternating with rock maples, they form together a far more attractive row for the roadside than either alone. This arrangement breaks up the monotony and stiffness of a row of one kind only, and gives, especially in October, that mingling of gorgeous colors, of mellow tints and shades, so characteristic of the autumn foliage of these trees. A fine grouping of these two species is sometimes seen in nature, where a few tall rock maples form the center of a group, while the red maples, lower in stature, are clustered around. This tree is richly worth growing near our houses for the brilliant scarlet blossoms which precede the dainty leaves that in crimson tints soon follow. Though occupying many tracts of low and swampy ground, almost to the exclusion of other trees, it thrives well on high lands if started from the seed on similar ground.
But an almost certain failure will be the result of setting in dry ground a maple or any other tree taken from a swamp.