Report on the Trees and Shrubs Growing Naturally in the Forests of Massachusetts Volume 1
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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...be worth cultivating for their peculiar beauty. In autumn, the leaves turn to a pleasant purple or violet color, very different from that of most other leaves. Many of these remain on through the winter, making in this tree the nearest approach to the evergreen oaks of warmer climates. The buds are small, short, rounded, and invested with several indistinct scales. The male flowers are on a long and very slender thread, each cup containing from four to seven stamens. The acorns vary much in size and sweetness, and somewhat in shape. They are usually about an inch long, ovoid, oblong, in a shallow, somewhat flattened, hemispherical cup, of a grayish color, rough externally, with roundish tubercles. They grow single or in pairs, on a footstalk, from half an inch to an inch long, fixed to the year's shoots. The fruit is seldom abundant, not oftener, it is commonly thought, than once in seven years; and I have looked through an extensive forest of white oaks, at the season when the fruit was to be expected, without finding an acorn. The fruit is eagerly sought for by many wild animals, and is not unpleasant to the taste, especially when roasted. Michaux says, that he found the white oak as far north as the latitude of 46 20'; as far south as latitude 28 11', and towards the west to the country of the Illinois. We know that it extends much farther to the west. He thinks it more multiplied in the western parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania than in any other parts of the United States. Mr. Douglas considers Lake Winnipeg its northern limit, and says that it attains there a height of ten to twenty feet. It is found in every part of this State, although very rarely in the western, where its place is taken by the rock maple, and most abundantly, and of the...
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