This tree has not received the attention that its fast growing and value as timber deserves. Its growth exceeds any other tree in this locality, - has been grown of a circumference of 72 inches in twenty-five years. Its growth in comparison with chestnut is fully 2 to 1. Its durability as posts, in a trial of twelve years, shows it to be equal to chestnut.

It is quite hardy here, where our coldest winter days are from 12 to 15 below zero; but from the fact that its blossom buds freeze in the wood at about 12°, it is doubtful if it could be relied on much further north. On account of its spreading habit and dense foliage, it is not a good tree to plant along fence rows, or along highways. It should be planted forest like, 5 to 10 feet apart, and after growing several years should be cut off at the ground, and then it will make sprouts 10 or more feet high in one season.

The trees from time to time should be thinned out, so that by the end of ten or more years, the remaining trees should be 15 or more feet apart, according to thriftiness. The thick planting at first, is for the purpose of inducing upright growth, instead of the extended side branches. Plantings made on such rough parts of the farm that hardly pay for general farm crops, would no doubt in time become the most valuable part of the farm.

The thinnings on such plantings will be no small item in paying tax bills and interest on land.

Cones toga, Lancaster Co., Pa.

[The Paulonia is very highly esteemed for its timber in Japan. - Ed. G. M].