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.
Ges-neriaceae. A superb stove plant, introduced by Mr, Bull. It was discovered during the Brazilian travels of the present Emperor of Mexico (Maximilian I.), and is named in honor of the Empress of Mexico. It is a small under shrub, the leaves opposite, four to six inches long, oblong lanceolate, bluish green above, bright red purple below. Flowers solitary, corolla an inch and a half long, white. Will be highly esteemed for its handsome foliage and elegant flowers.
Two opposite leaves upon the flower stalk is the most prominent distinction between this and the preceding.
As we leave the vale already loaded, but not burdened, with our collection, we will direct our course through the open woods, towards yonder rocky and half exposed ledges. We may find on our way the little starry white blossoms of the
A correspondent reminds us, regarding the Ampelopsis bipinnata, that in Torrey and Gray's Flora of North America, the Ampelopsis bipinnata of Michaux is given as Vitis bipinnata. It grows in damp, rich soils, from Virginia to Georgia, and west to Arkansas. Stem upright, or somewhat twining. Berries globose, as large as a small pea, blackish when ripe, and slightly hairy; a much handsomer plant than the A, hederacea.
The Ampelopsis cordata is the Vitis Indivisa of Torrey and Gray's Flora. It has a cordate, somewhat three-lobed leaf, three to four inches broad, and coarsely serrate. It grows in swamps, in the Southern States, and west to Louisiana and Arkansas. It has a long, twining, smooth stem, and a berry a little larger than a pepper-corn.
Our European readers, and those of our Middle and Southern States, may have noticed, in our advertising pages, last month, an opportunity to provide themselves with seeds of this fine Californian tree. North of Philadelphia, we are doubtful of its hardiness. It is time its character, in this respect, was more generally known. What has been the experience of our friends?
This is an enormous tree in California, and a very beautiful one. It is a very rapid grower. Many good specimens of it stood out here for some four or five winters, during which it was slightly injured, until the last, when they were totally destroyed, save one. This' was the largest, and had its top and all the Bide branches destroyed, but has since grown out finely. It received no protection. This is another illustration of what plants will stand when they attain age. Persons should well protect all these valuable Evergreens until they attain a considerable size; after which the majority will grow well.
Baocata, a little browned, but safe. - Dovaston (weeping), a little browned. - Slogans, uninjured. - Elegantissima, uninjured. - Adpresaa, little touched.
A very pretty and distinct Yew from Japan. Judging from appearance, I should think it would not be larger than a bush. It is very beautiful, but I fear will not prove hardy in this country.
* Paxton's Flower Garden. - Vol. I, p. 58.