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.
The bark on the side of the tree next the sun, south and south-west, is always brighter colored than on the north side. Young shoots show this more conspicuously. If the natural color be reddish, the south side will be a much brighter red than the north. Some old fashioned planters take especial pains to place the tree in the same position in the garden or orchard as it was in the nursery.
Some of the French writers treat of "orientation" as of much importance; and, in some climates, it may be. A tree turned round - its north side to the south and south side to the north - must feel the effect of it to some extent, and must pass through a sort of acclimating process.
Our old orchards, in the last ten months, have made a ten year's progress in decay, as their partly dead branches fully show forth. Young trees have suffered much by a bursting and peeling off of the bark near the ground in early spring, and many of the trees so affected have died out. As far as we have been able to learn, the Baldwin has suffered most from this cause. Whether it is owing to tenderness of the tree, or the culture given it, we are not able to say.