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.
Mr. Harrison, of Painesville, Ohio, was asked to discuss the propagation of forest trees. He is largely engaged in propagating the American chestnut.
Mr. Lay thought the subject of cultivating forest trees was not of much importance here. In the western praries the growth of forest trees was important.
Mr. Thomas thought that crops and fruit crops were benefited by shelter of woods. At present prices of locust posts an hundred acres planted twenty years would be worth one hundred thousand dollars. He thought the planting might be made profitable.
Mr. Harrison said that chestnut trees planted only ten years would grow to a size of one foot in diameter and a proportionate height. The wood is used for furniture and finishing inside work in buildings. The trees will begin to bear nuts six years after planting.
Mr. Downing had chestnuts in bearing five years from planting.
Judge Warner said he had planted the Spanish chestnut, which bore in four years after planting. The common chestnut will grow in twenty years to a diameter of fifteen or sixteen inches. The common chestnut is not so rapid a grower as the birch or silver-leaf maple. Trees from a nursery are better for transplanting.
. In answer to inquiries, we would say that Bryant's new book of "Forest Trees for Shelter, Ornament and Profit, will be issued from our office, and ready for sale, September first. We want agents everywhere in the West to canvass for it.