Arboriculture Volume 1-2

Arboriculture Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...that early botanists failed to discover and describe Catalpa speciosa. In 1818, Thomas Nuttall had heard that there were two varieties of catalpa, but he had never seen speciosa. The southern form, Catalpa bignonoides, has a great range, being found upon hills as well as river bottoms throughout most of our southern states, while Catalpa speciosa was confined to a very limited tract along the overflowed lands of the lower Wabash river, apparently distributed solely by the backwaters up the nearby creeks, and down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, as far as New Madrid, Mo. In Southeastern Missouri the two forms meet, both being found growing together with many hybrids. The beauty of the flowers has alone prevented the extermination of the Catalpa speciosa. Its extremely valuable character was known to the earliest settlers of the Northwest Territory and to the Indians before, and as the tree does not easily propagate in nature, and the demand was great for durable timber, the original forests were practically destroyed. Gen. Win. II. Harrison and a few other enterprising pioneers carried the seeds and trees to distant points for ornament and shade. Some of these stocked the home of General Harrison, near Cincinnati, and the surrounding country. From these early plantings others have been distributed through the United States, until specimens of the Catalpa are found in every state, as well as Canada and Mexico. Probably the greatest number of large trees in the United States are about Cincinnati, Ohio; North Bend, Ohio, the home of General Harrison, being but 19 miles distant. This was also the home of Dr. John A. Warder, whose interest in the Catalpa was very great, and who described and named the large growing variety Catalpa speciosa in 1853....show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236581601
  • 9781236581600