Abies Jezoensis

This magnificent coniferous tree is one of Mr. Fortune's introductions. Dr. Lindley* writes of it: "According to Siebold, the Jezo Spruce, so called because it grows on the Islands of Jezo and Krafto, in the Empire of Japan, whence it has been introduced into the gardens of the wealthy inhabitants of Jeddo. He describes it as a large tree, with a soft, light wood, employed by the'Japanese for arrows and in the construction of domestic utensils. The leaves are said to remain seven years upon the branches." In England it proves perfectly hardy, and most probably will in this country. At present it is scarce, and the plants of small size in cultivation.

Abies Knutrow. Smithiana - The Weeping Spruce

This extremely graceful and elegant tree comes from the Western Himalayas, at heights ranging from 6,500 to 10,000 feet. It will in all likelihood prove hardy, though not as much as Webbiana. It generally occurs on the mountains next below the latter species. It is very variable as to height, and is noted by different travelers as ranging from fifty to one hundred and fifty feet. Compared with the Norway species, the branches are more gracefully pendant, the foliage longer and of a deeper hue, the cones longer, and hanging pleasingly from the branches. Major E. Madden says: " The principal end and design of the Himalayan Spruce, like that of the lilies, which neither toil or spin, is to be sought in its extreme beauty." Specimens in Britain, some thirty feet in height, have already shown the native Himalayan beauty of this lovely spruce.

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Abies Morinda

This is another beautiful Spruce from the mountains of Northern India. With the preceding it has been much confused, though they are as distinct as the two Silver Firs, Pindrow, and Webbiana. It is a smaller tree than Thutrow - the foliage is shorter and of a lighter hue; it is nevertheless a pretty, graceful species, deserving extensive cultivation, and about as hardy as the Khutrow Spruce.

Abies Orientalis

If it is fair to judge from small specimens, I should say of this: It has as dark foliage as our dark spruce, as long as the Norway, and forms as lofty a tree, and as beautiful in every point as the latter. A question may be raised whether this tree is or is not hardy in the Middle States. Judging from whence it comes, a little caution may be necessary when planted out, in the way of protecting it, etc. At present this species is by no means plentiful, and consequently commands a high price. Native of Asia Minor and eastward.

Abies Pichta. Picea Pichta

This very pretty species is rather extensively grown in England, where are to be found many handsome specimens, though none of a very large size. It is very distinct and peculiar in its habit, and cannot well be confounded with any other. In the Middle and Northern States it is perfectly hardy. A lofty tree. Native of the mountains of Siberia and the Altay.

Abies Smitkiana, Or Morinda, Weeping Himalayan Spruce

This very beautiful Spruce has proved quite hardy in every situation in which I have seen it tried, without the slightest protection; not even were the leaves browned, but it retained its deep green hue through and after the coldest weather. Planters should not lose sight of this exquisite Evergreen. It is a deeper green than the Norway, the branches droop most gracefully, and is a rapid grower.