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.
Remember some year or two since some inquiry was made through your journal in regard to the Deodar Cedar, which it was stated had been found too tender for a northern climate, and the question asked how they stand our winters.
I wish you could see a magnificent specimen in my garden, more than sixty feet high, the admiration of every beholder. They have never been injured here, even in our severest winters. Did you know that there are two distinct varieties of this cedar, one very dark green, which dips its branches down in true picturesque style, the other a pale blueish green in which the branches fall over exactly like a jet of water, so much so as to suggest the name of Fountain tree? They seem equally hardy.
The Magnolia fuscata (now in full bloom) and Olea fragrans would, I believe, grow to trees with us, if allowed. I have a Magnolia fuscata growing near my greenhouse, and in consequence of its shading the plants too much I cut from the top of it, four years ago, eight feet; an Olea fragrans which, for the same reason, I had as much cut from, and they are now both about twelve or fourteen feet high. Mrs. Wm. T. Balfour.