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)
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. 41
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