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 Yellow Pine, by some called Pitch Pine, has neither grace nor elegance to recommend it; though it is allied to the pyramidal trees, it approaches the shape of the round-headed trees. There is a singular rugged-ness about it; and when bristling all over with stiff foliage that sometimes covers its branches, down almost to its roots, it can not fail to attract observation. Trees of this species, for the most part too rough and homely to please the eye, are not generally valued as objects in the landscape; but there is a variety in their shape that makes amends for their want of comeliness, and gives them a marked importance. We do not, in general, sufficiently appreciate the value of homely objects among the scenes of Nature, which are, indeed, the ground-work of all charming scenery, and set off to advantage the beauty of more comely things. They prepare us, by increasing our susceptibility, to observe more keenly the force of beauty in other objects. They give rest and relief to the eye, after it has experienced the stimulating effects of beautiful forms and colors, which would soon pall upon the sense; and they are interesting to the imagination by leaving it free to dress the scene with the wreaths of fancy.
It is from these reflections that we have been led to prize a homely tree as possessing a high value by exalting the impressions of beauty which we derive from other trees, and by relieving nature of that monotony which would attend a scene of unexceptionable beauty. This monotony is apparent in almost all dressed grounds of considerable extent. We soon become entirely weary of the overflowing lines of grace and elegance, and the harmonious blending of forms and colors introduced by art. We are soon weary of luxuries; and when we have been strolling on grounds laid out with gaudy flowerbeds, the tired eye, when we go out into the fields, rests with serene delight upon rough pastures bounded by stone walls and hills dotted with lichens and covered with boulders. The homely yellow pine serves this important purpose of relief in the landscape of nature. Trees of this species are abundant in sandy levels in company with the scrub-oaks, and the slender and graceful white birch, "The Lady of the Woods," as the poet Coleridge called it.
From these pines proceed the delightful odors which are wafted to our windows by a mild south wind, not less perceptible in winter than in summer, and which are in a different manner as charming as a beautiful prospect.
All these pines require to be cultivated in large masses. They naturally grow thus, and although, when so growing, they seem to be extremely hardy, they do not thrive when solitary, but are scorched by the sun and stunted by the cold and wind. In masses, especially, when large enough to cover several acres, they not only protect each other, but are the best possible nurses for the tender deciduous trees.