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 original tree, although now over twenty years old, is still growing and bearing.
It stands on the farm of Mr. McAlpin, near Augusta, Georgia, where I found also four seedlings of the old tree, now in full bearing, two of which are superior to the parent in size and quality, although retaining all the original and peculiar features of the old Columbia; - a fact which, coupled with other experiments, renders it evident that this variety or group has a great tendency towards reproducing itself from stones. The tree is a fine, tall grower, very productive, with medium leaves of a deep green appearance. The fruit is large, waved, marbled and striped, with dull brown upon a yellowish ground; very woolly, and once known, never to be mistaken. Its flesh is firm; deep yellow-orange, melting, spicy, vinous; with a peculiar aroma of the highest character. Stone free, moderate in size; while one of its progenies has a stone not larger than a large plum stone, and so free that it only adheres to the fruit by two or three ligaments at its base.
The season of the Columbia is about from the end of July throughout August. The above-mentioned seedlings are later by six or ten days at least. Charles Downing, in his most valuable revised edition, states " that the Columbia was raised from a stone brought from Georgia, by Mr. Coxe;" either this proves that the variety is a free reproducer of its own species, or that Mr. Coxe, instead of a stone brought a tree or a scion from Georgia; - there being no doubt as to the identity of the old parent at Mr. McAlpin's. L. E. Bbrckmans.