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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Transactions of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society. Proceedings, essays and reports at the annual winter meetings, held at Madison, Feb. 1, 2 and 3, 1870 and Feb. 7, 8 and 9, 1871
(1871 [covers 1870/1871])

Stickney, J. S.
Small fruits,   pp. 41-45 PDF (1.1 MB)


Page 41


TRANSACTIONS FOR 1870.
Dr. CIADBOURNR said the red maple was well adapted for damp soils, but would
not succeed on high dry land. The borers are doing much damage, in some very
large trees. They work under the bark, and no one knows of the danger the
tree
is in, until he sees it dying; and then if the tree is examined it will be
found that
these worms have girdled it. He called attention to the difference in the
solidity
and character of the timber grown in this state and the same variety at the
east.
The white oak here is not such tough wood as it is there. Here the black
oak
(Qiuercus Coccisne) is the best fuel oak. There it is considered almost valueless
as fueL
Judge KNAPP thought this difference could be traced to climatic differences,
and
especially to the greater heat and dryness of this region.
Mr. PLUMB gave his evidence to the rapid growth of the ash leaf maple. He
knew of no tree that grew with the same vigor. On dry land it was perfectly
hardy
and would endure any amount of abuse.
Judge KNAPP said that this tree was one of the last found in crossing the
great
plains, where its capacity to endure the extreme drought of that dry region
was
proven. It was also found in the Rocky mountains, where it was also exposed
to
the most severe extremes. It is a native on the Mississippi; and at Prairie
du Chien
it had been planted by the sides of the streets, where its roots were stamped
on and laid bare and bruised by cattle that lay under it, and yet it appeared
unin-
jured.
Adjourned to 9 A. M.
THUnSDAY, 9 A. M.
After some interesting and valuable conversation between Dr.
CHADBORNE, Prof. D"Ini T Ts and Mr. McAFEE, on the subject of
hybridization and production of new varieties and species, (for
want of room the same is here omitted,)
Mr. STicyaxr read a paper on
SMATJ FRuTS.
Mr. President and Gentemen:
In this thoroughly discussed question of small fruits there is little that
is new to
offer, but there is much that is interesting, and much that will bear repeating.
If
through our published proceedings what I say may gain the attention of farmers
and
owners of village lots, and perhaps stimulate some to renewed efforts in
fruit rais-
ing, I shall be well paid. With this hope in view, I will treat the subject
in the
most practical manner, placing before you facts rather than theories, and
recom-
mending only such practices and such varieties as will please all and disappoint
none. From the man with his bearing orchard of one hundred or one thousand
trees we will not claim or expect much attention. To him our small fruit
talk will
D.-Hoa.
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