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By Henry Winthrop Sargent, Wodenethe, Fishkill Landing, Dutchess Co., New York.
I have, upon two previous occasions, through the pages of the Horticulturist, given my experience of the effect of our winter upon the new evergreens, and have recently had so many applications for information as to the influence of the present winter upon this class of trees, that, to save myself some trouble, I propose, with your consent, to answer these questions through your valuable journal.
It is, I presume, unnecessary to remind your readers what sort of a winter we have had, both as to the degree of cold, and the extent and continuance of snow - but the many are not, perhaps, aware that, from this very circumstance, all low plants within 12 or 16 inches of the surface of the ground, have wintered better than any previous year of my experience; and, as all the newer and rarer Evergreens belong so far to this low order, they have come out through the snow wonderfully green and bright, especially when side by side. We see white pines, hemlocks, and even our common roadside cedars, scorched the color of brick-dust. The winter has been favorable in two respects; in the first place, an even temperature, without much frost, has been preserved through the covering of snow about the roots and the neck of the trees; and the cold, though severe, has been uniform. I will conclude these remarks by simply observing, that in my neighborhood, all Evergreens, from the rarest to the oommonest, are (above the snow) of a color varying from that of gingerbread to that of a dull brick. I do not perceive that Deodar cedars, and cedars of Lebanon, are more browned than hemlocks and white cedars, and the buds on all are uninjured.
There is, upon my place, one remarkable exception to this universal browning. The cryptomerias - which have been entirely uncovered all winter, are not injured; in previous years, they have been well protected, and I usually lose them. May it be that this plant is an exception to the advantage usually gained in protecting half-hardy plants?
Mr. Sargent is entitled to the appellation of a public benefactor to Evergreen admirers. With a position to give them a thorough trial, and a determination to mark their individual progress and success, or the want of it, he is reliable authority on the subject for all localities of 401/2° and upwards, north latitude.