A house with shade and rait trees set around it, a neat fence or hedge in front, a row of box or pansies growing by the walk, and a climbing rose growing by the door, will sell for much more than if there were none of these, to any intelligent purchaser; so that, aside from the pleasure one takes in enjoying a pleasant and attractive home, it pays, in a pecuniary sense, to beautify the premises.

Shade Trees #1

John J. Smith, Esq., one of the former editors of The Horticulturist, in a recent address before the Horticultural Society at German town, Pa., has expressed his views in relation to the proper species of trees for shading our streets, with hints for their management. He protests against the usual method of mutilating this class of trees after they have attained full size, and calls attention to the fruit-tree grower, who begins to prune as soon as the trees are set out and while the limbs are necessarily small. Attention is called to the fact that we cannot judiciously plant fruit or nut-bearing trees along our sidewalks, nor even handsome flowering trees. Then again, we are restricted to those which will flourish in smoky towns, thus debarring the evergreen family. In many instances streets are quite narrow, often only thirty feet wide, so as to afford insufficient space for the larger trees. "As well admire a sick monkey or a dying oat as a plant struggling for life between a curbstone on one side, sand, brick, and rubbish on the other, and the air and rain excluded from all." The Silver Maple is recommended above all others for a popular street tree, provided it receives proper care when young; but " it wants attention every week during the growing season, if we expect good results." Trim when young is our writer's advice, and never allow it to form large limbs to be cut away in after years.

He recommends the Sugar Maple highly, and among smaller-sized trees suggests the Red Bud or Judas Tree. Attention is called to the claims of the Magnolias and the Yellow Wood or Virgilia. The Deciduous Cypress, the Weeping Cypress (Glyptostrobus sinensis), and the Lindens are all worthy of a place in our list. Some of the oaks, Kentucky Coffee Tree, varieties of Ash, Native Beeeh, Copper Beech, Fern-leaved Beech, and the Salisburia are all fine. At the East, and especially in portions of the Middle States, the Elm is infested with worms and must be rejected; but the species known as the Slippery Elm appears to be an exception. He says the Norway Maple casts too dense a shade for the street. The Sycamore Maple is a more rapid grower than the Silver, and among oaks the Overcup or Macrocarpa is the fastest grower of all. In broad avenues, of 80 or 100 feet in width, oaks, hickories, Tulip poplars, and many others may be used. Always select trees that have been twice transplanted, if possible.