The Mulberry is generally reckoned as a biblical tree, but it is very doubtful if it has really a right to be so included. Loudon, without inquiring whether our translators were right in rendering the original term baca, at once concludes that the tree is twice mentioned in the sacred writings. Hasselquist states, that the mulberry scarcely ever grows in Judea, very little in Galilee, though abounding in Syria and in the mountains of Lebanon. In Chronicles, the term beeaim is rendered pear trees, and Aquila and the Vulgate have it in the same way. Parkhurst gives it as his opinion that baca means a kind of large shrub from which is distilled an odoriferous gum, and in this opinion he is strengthened by the fact that the Arabs have a shrub corresponding with this description, which they likewise call baca. Its other associations rest on a clearer foundation. Pyramus, who lived in Babylon, became enamoured of Thisbe, a very beautiful virgin of that city. The flame was mutual, but their parents forbade marriage, so that the lovers regularly interchanged sentiments through an aperture in a wall which separated their houses.

They agreed to meet at a given time at the tomb of Ninus, which was overshadowed by a white mulberry tree, and without the walls of Babylon. Thisbe was first there, but the unlooked for arrival of a lioness frightened her away; and as she fled she dropped her veil, which the lioness found and left covered with blood. The lover soon after arrived',and having found Thisbe's veil bloody, concluded that she had been torn to pieces by wild beasts. He instantly stabbed himself. When she had so far recovered, Thisbe returned, and when she saw the dying Pyramus, she fell upon the sword with which he destroyed himself. The mulberry tree was stained with the blood of the lovers, and ever afterwards bore fruit of that color.

Standard mulberries should invariably have a strong stake set up beside them to keep them in an upright position, and this should be continued until the tree is at least twenty years of age. The prevailing characteristic of mulberry trees throughout England, when left entirely to nature, is, that they are one-sided and top-heavy, requiring props to support them. This defect might be easily remedied by applying the aid alluded to. The trees should be planted in sheltered situations, in rich trenched soil, kept up by frequent manurings. When so treated the fruit is large and juicy.

The Pomegranate (Punica Granatum,) Pliny informs us, was first found near Carthage. It is the malus punica of the Romans, and the rimon of the Hebrews, probably from rama, to project, from the strong projection or reflexion of light from the star-like crown of the fruit which bears the upper part of the calyx. The high estimation in which this tree was held in the land of Isreal may be inferred from the fact, that it was one of the three kinds of fruit brought from Eschol to Moses and the congregation in the wilderness; and from its being distinguished by the rebellious sojourners as one of the most delicious luxuries they enjoyed in Egypt. No circumstance more clearly evinces the value which the eastern nations put upon this fruit than the choice which king Solomon makes of it to represent certain graces of the church - "Thy temples are like a piece of pomegranate within thy locks.*' The ornaments placed in the net work over the crowns which were on the top of the two brazen pillars of Solomon's temple were carvings of this fruit, as were also those decorations ordered to be fixed on the skirt of Aaron's robe. Greece was full of it. That district known as the land of Pindar, Hesoid, and Plutarch, was in particular noted for rich crops of this fruit.

Agatharchides relates the following anecdote connected with this tree: A dispute arising between the Athenians and Boeotians, respecting a spot called Side, situated on the borders, Epaminondas, in order to decide the question, took out a pomegranate from under his robe, and demanded of the Arthenians what they called it. " Rhoa," they replied. "Very good," said Epaminondas; "but we call it Side, and, as the place derives its name from the fruit which grows there in abundance, it is clear the land must belong to us." And it was decided in favor of the Boeotians. In fine seasons it produces its fruit of the full size in this country when trained against a wall.

The fig tree is frequently mentioned in the Holy Scriptures, and is common throughout Palestine and the east generally. Amongst the ancient Hebrews it was known as thaena, signifying the tree of grief, probably from the leaf causing inflammation when applied to the body. It was of this tree that our first parents, immediately after the fall, twisted for themselves girdles or aprons. Throughout the Holy Land the failure or destruction of the fig tree was accounted one of the greatest public or private calamities. Hence it is said, "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, etc., yet I will rejoice in the Lord." In ancient Greece this fruit tree was well known and extensively cultivated. It was the pride of Attica. According to the traditions of the Athenians, figs first grew on a spot not far distant from the city on the road to Eleusis, thence called Hiera Suke, " the sacred fig tree." So much prized was the fruit here produced, that the inhabitants were forbidden to export them. This law, however, was often contravened, and the informers against the delinquents were called sycophants, or "revealers of figs;" a word which has since been in use to characterise mean-souled, dastardly persons, such as informers generally arc.

Naxos, a celebrated country in the aegean sea, was celebrated for its fig trees, which were especially cherished by Bacchus, who was the chief god of the island. Here this divinity obtained the title of Meilicbios, "the gracious," because he taught them the use of this fruit. In the processions of this god the fig was carried next to the vine. Throughout Sussex the fig is planted as a standard; and it is in this character that it can be best introduced in a classical group with others.