This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Mr. Van Buren, of Clarksville, Georgia, writes that he now thinks Mr. McDowell's Rhododendron, figured by us in 1856, is the Catawbiense. "It grows," he says," so much more luxuriantly, and is so much more brilliantly colored in its native haunts, that it led many botanists, as well as myself, to suppose it to be a distinct variety. I find by transplanting it, that it loses much of its brilliancy of coloring in the course of a year or two." Mr. Van Buren thinks there will be a fine fruit season in Georgia, and adds, " A few days ago, I received a letter from a correspondent in Iowa, who informs me that our Red June and Aromatic Carolina apples have passed uninjured through three or four past winters, while many of the northern varieties were killed. I suppose that our varieties are of more recent origin, and have not become enfeebled by a repetition of grafting and re-grafting. Had the trees been raised at the South, I would then have said that the wood ripened more thoroughly than those raised at the North; the trees alluded to, I think, were grafted in Iowa".