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.
This fine evergreen is well known, and succeeds well. Small plants are sometimes injured by winter sun. T. Canadensis is similar to the above, and forms a fine spreading mass of evergreen. It is also plentiful in the woods, and is readily transplanted. The Upright or Irish Yew is very effective in some situations. There are plants here ten feet in height, and of proportionate thickness. It succeeds well in all situations.
The late Mr. Loudon said this was the best hardy cemetery tree for England, and it is quite as invaluable here. The beauty of the Oriental Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), as well as its adaptability to cemeteries, is well known, bat in no region of the United States, where the thermometer will sink 20° below freezing point, can this tree be grown; hence we must find a hardier substitute, and this we possess in the Irish Yew. During this severe winter, all established plants stood well, losing only a portion of the foliage and outer branches, but speedily shooting out again. It is one of the most erect growing trees, of a deep, sombre green, and in keeping with all sculptural and architectural objects.
Why is not this valuably Evergreen more generally grown? About this city, it grows as rapidly and beautifully as in England, withstands our severest cold without the slightest protection, and is in every way desirable and beautiful. I would therefore urge strongly its more frequent planting.
A provisional name for a long linear-leaved shrub or tree, which, if hardy, will prove a very handsome plant. This plant was, however, quite small.
A few days ago I drank a cup of real American tea from the Chinese tea plant, of which Dr. J. P. Barratt, near New Market, South Carolina, has a fine shrub about four feet high, which has borne fruit during several years. By its side was a thrifty specimen of the Olea fragrans, or Chinese Olive, with which the tea is scented. The doctor thinks that the tea plant should be renewed about every three years, and if thus cultivated, that it would thrive and be profitable. I was recently at Greenville, in this State, where Junius Smith, some years ago, essayed its culture. I was told that his experiment was by no means a true test. His soil was barren, and he took no pains to improve it The plants did not receive proper nourishment, and not being used to such treatment they pined and died. The fine shrub which I saw at Dr. B.'s, shows plainly that the tea plant will thrive in this State. S. B. Buckley.
Newbury, South Carolina, - in (he Country Gentleman.
This at last is a failure. Out of half a million plants put out at Calistoga, only six specimens remain. The principal cause, we imagine, is from poor transportation from China. If seeds were imported, and plants propagated, success might be better.
Last month we recommended tin or zinc as a preventive against the injury caused by mice, etc. A correspondent sends as the following recommendation of tea had for the same purpose, and it seems to us both good and cheap:
"Among all the articles recommended to prevent mice, borers, etc., from injuring trees, I know of nothing better than the thin lead with which tea-chests are lined. I have tried it many a year, and think it a capital remedy. It is so thin it can be readily made of any desired size, and is very easily applied. It should, of course, be fitted loose around the tree. - C".