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.
In the February number of the Horticulturist, page 62, I read with pleasure your remarks on the fitness and variety of trees, - that their size should be so proportioned to the size of the lawn as to admit of a variety of trees of different foliage, shape, and flowers. But you go on to remark that there should be a contrast between the style of the house and the trees surrounding it: i. e., an Italian house, with its graceful lines, should be surrounded with picturesque spiry-topped trees; and the gothic house, with its picturesque gables, contrasted with round-headed, graceful trees. In this you take issue with Downing, who writes very eloquently, and, I think, satisfactorily, on the subject, and gives two illustrations on page 55 of his Landscape Gardening.*
A Virgilia lutea which five years ago I turned out of a flower-pot into my lawn, and which was then less than a foot high, has now become a fine, flourishing tree of from nine to ten feet high, and I am expecting soon to see it blossom. A Ginko tree near it, though much larger when transplanted, has grown with much less rapidity and inclines decidedly to the picturesque. A Kentucky Coffee tree, ten feet high, transplanted at the same time, has grown but little, owing to the soil, I presume, (a sandy loam,) it requiring a deep, heavy soil.
The following trees are well suited to small grounds of from one to three acres. Many of them admit of being very closely grouped, for the picturesque school, and most of them form graceful trees when allowed to grow singly. All are easily procured of good size, either from the nursery or woods, and that they are all hardy in Massachusetts, at least in the southern part and away from the sea shore, I know from experience: