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 following new varieties have been recently introduced by T. C. Maxwell & Co., of Geneva, N. Y., and have decidedly valuable characteristics. (They were omitted, by accident, from January No.)
Victoria (Thuja Occidentalis Argentea.) - A very curious and beautiful dwarf Arbor Vitae, and wholly unlike any hitherto described. It is of a fresh green color, with the branchlets distinctly tipped with white. It is believed to be entirely hardy, having been exposed as thoroughly as the George Peabody, and with no injury. It is very attractive and pleasing in appearance; has same parentage as T. 0. lutea.
Maxwell' s Dwarf Spruce. (Abies Excelsa Maxwellii.) - A seedling which originated on grounds of T. C. Maxwell & Bros.; leaves short, rigid, dark green. Its habit is very compact, full and regular, and without trimming, its tendency is to form a dense hemispherical mass. The original plant is fifteen years old, and measures twenty-four inches in height and thirty-eight inches in diameter. It is more vigorous than pygmia, and somewhat larger. For novelty, this little tree is curious and interesting, and as a beautiful, low evergreen, this dark green, regularly rounded dwarf is exceedingly valuable.
Glory of the Spruces. (Abies AlbaAurea.) - Possesses unique beauty of more than ordinary character. In size and habit, it resembles the common American, from which it is a chance seedling; leaves long, curved, of a soft, glaucous green color, and very thickly set upon the branches. A rich golden yellow distinctly marks and adorns the tips of the leaves upon the upper side of each shoot. Nor is this color faint and un-decided, but reliable, pronounced and striking; so that this silvery green and gold foliage at once attracts and fixes attention. Standing in front of a group of darker and larger evergreens, the effect is remarkable.
It is always a pleasure to record an addition to our list of really hardy new plants; and especially so, when they are very beautiful and desirable in all respects. We now urge the claims of a new evergreen from Japan, which as yet, has no common name, but which is called by botanists, Retinispora obtusa. For the past five years - two of which have been more trying to our hardy plants than any within the recollection of our oldest horticulturists - this lovely tree has succeeded equally as well as the Norway spruce. It grows rapidly and forms a very graceful tree, with drooping, silvery-green branchlets; and appears equally indifferent to the extremes of heat and cold. So far as we have been able to judge, it is not affected by any particular soil or situation, but succeeds well wherever placed. So many of the newer evergreens have been injured of late years that our horticulturists have been about ready to give up the whole family in despair, as too fickle for this climate; but we think a fair test with this charming plant will assure them that one, at least, will prove desirable - N. Y. Tribune.