Planting large trees is always a costly, laborious, and uncertain operation; very successful in a few cases, but in the majority extremely unsatisfactory. I have satisfied myself of the correctness of Mr. Bacon's views on the subject by observations both at home and abroad, and that small trees are generally much the most valuable in after time. I have seen the experiment tried repeatedly, and the result has usually been, that trees planted at two or three years of age outstripped in growth, vigor, and fruitfulness " extra-sized "trees - perhaps ten or more years old - planted nearly at the same time. There are exceptions to this rule, as to most others; and I have planted large trees quite successfully, they continuing to make fine growth, and fruiting immediately and abundantly. Such instances, however, are not common, and are not to be relied upon, for the reverse is most frequently the result.

Were I planting an orchard, I should choose pears and cherries of two years, apples and plums of three or four years' growth, and even dwarf pears I should not wish to plant much older than two years; for, although comparatively easy of removal at a more advanced age, they are apt, unless the operation is performed with extreme care, to receive a check from which they do not soon recover. The same thing is true with respect to ornamental trees: "extra-sized" evergreens and other shade trees arc sought for with avidity every season, more to the benefit of the nurseryman than the planter, for if they grow they are in ten years no larger, and not nearly so handsome, as three- or four-year-old trees planted at the same time.