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Engravings. Pall. Ross., 1, t. 4.; N. Du Ham., 1. t. 89.; Bot. Reg., t. 1156. ; our fig. 1203., and the
plate in our last Volume.
lanceolate, hoary all over, as are the shoots of the current year, with stars
each ; at Bollwyller 1 franc 50 cents; and at New York, 1 dollar.
et Schult. Syst. and Bot. Reg., has comprehended under one species several
shining. Fruit insipid. This is the most common sort in British
20 ft. high ; and one at Kew, 8 ft. high.
III., t. 4.-Branches not spiny. Fruit date-shaped, eatable; almost
1 E. h. 4 spinosa ; E. spinosa L. — Branches spiny. Leaves lanceolate.
Fruit insipid. . 2. E. ARGE'NTEA Ph. The silvery-leaved Elæagnus, or Wild Olive Tree. Identification. Pursh FL Amer. Sept., 1. p. 114. ; Nutt. Gen. Amer., 1. p. 97.; Lodd. Cat., ed. 1836. Synonyme. Missouri Silver Tree, U. S. of N. Amer. Engraving. Our fig. 1204. Spec. Char., fc. A shrub, from 8 ft. to 12 ft. high, not spiny. Leaves
waved, oval-oblong, rather acute, glabrous on both surfaces, and covered with silvery scales. Flowers aggregate, nodding. Sexes apparently diæcious. Fruit roundish-ovate, of about the size of a small cherry, cartilaginous, covered with silvery scales, having 8 grooves; the flesh dry, farinaceous, eatable; the nucule subcylindric, its exterior part consisting of a tenacious woolly integument. A native of Hudson's Bay, and found on the
argillaceous broken banks of the Missouri, near Fort Mandan; flowering in Julyand August. (Nutt.)
It was introduced in 1813. There are plants in the Horticultural Society's Garden, and in the arboretum of Messrs. Loddiges. According to Pursh, Shepherdia argentea Nutt. resembles the Elæágnus argéntea Pursh so much, without the fruit, that, in this state, one might easily be mistaken for the other. In the Garden of the London Horticultural Society, the shrub or low tree bearing this name is very distinct from any species of Elæágnus; but it differs from the species of that genus, in having opposite leaves and branches. Whether it is the plant meant to be described by Pursh, we are unable to determine; it is certainly not the E. argéntea figured in Watson's Dendrologia, which appears to be E.orientalis, the flowers being produced on the current year's wood. The plant which is in the Horticultural Society's Garden, and which may be considered provisionally as E. argéntea, is one of very great neatness and beauty; and well deserving a place in every collection, especially when trained as in our figure, so as to resemble a small tree. The plant appears nearly allied to Shepherdia canadénsis, and we have no doubt it will ultimately be referred to that genus. Possibly, indeed, it may be only a modification of S. canadensis ; for it is not more different from it than the woolly-leaved varieties of the common pear in a wild state, such as Pýrus communis salicifòlia, are from the greenleaved varieties, such, for example, as those which are found indigenous in
most parts of England, or are grown for stocks in British nurseries. App. i. Half-hardy Species of Elæágnus.
1205 E. conférta Roxburgh, Burm. Zeyl., t. 39. f. 1., according to Don's Prod. Fl. Nep., the grouped-Aowered elæagnus, is a large, branched shrub, and, according to Roxburgh, a climbing one. Leaves oval-oblong, acuminate, in. long, 112 in. broad, sil. very beneath. Fruit oblong, succulent, eatable. A native of Nepal, where it flowers in November, and where the fruit is eaten by the inhabitants. (Don's Prod. Fl. Nep. ; Lindl. Nat. Syst. of Bot.) This species is stated to have been introduced in 1825, but we have not seen it.
| E. arbòrea Roxb., Don Prod. Fl. Nep., p. 67., is a large tree, with spiny branchlets, and oval-oblong leaves, a native of Nepal, at Nahrinhetty, where it flowers in November, and produces an edible fruit. It was introduced in 1819.
. E. latifolia L., Bur. Zey., 39. t. 2., is a native of the East In. dies, where it forms an evergreen shrub, 4 ft. or 5 ft. high. There are plants at Messrs. Loddiges, which are preserved through the winter in cold-pits; whence we infer that, like the preceding sorts, it would stand against a conservative wall
'E. salicifolia ? D.Don, (fig. 1205) is a species apparently very distinct, and tolerably hardy, of which we have only seen one plant about 3 ft. high, in the arboretum at Kew. It promises to be a most valuable addition to our nearly hardy shrubs. It bears in foliage a close resemblance to Shepherdia canadensis.
HIPPOʻPHAE L. THE HIPPOPH AE, Sea BUCKTHORN, or SALLOWTHORN.
Lin. Syst. Diæ cia Tetrándria. Identification. Lin. Gen., 517., in part: the H. canadensis L. is now included in the genus Shep
hérdia Nutt. Synonymes. Rhamnöldes Tourn. Cor. 53. ; Argoussier, Fr.; Haffdorn, or Sanddorn, Ger. ; Espino amarillo, Span. Derivation. Hippophaes, or Hippophues, was the name of a shrub mentioned by Theophrastus
and Dioscorides; and which is supposed to be the same as the hippophyes of Pliny. The deriva. tion is supposed to be from hippos, a horse, and phao, to brighten ; and, as according to the Nouveau Du Hamel the plant was employed by the Greeks as a medicine for horses, it may have been given to them to make their coats sleek and shining, and have thus procured its name.
Description, &c. Large shrubs or trees; natives of Europe and Asia; ornamental in British gardens, on account of their grey silky foliage, and of their berries. 1. 1. H. RhamnöI'DES L. The Buckthorn-like Hippophae, Sea Buckthorn,
or Sallowthorn. Identification. Lin. Sp. Pl., 1452. ; Smith Engl. Flora, 4. p. 238.; Eng. Bot., t. 425. Synonymes. Rhamnoides forífera sálicis folio Tourn. Cor., 53. ; Rhamnoides fructifera Raii Syn.
445.; Argoussier faux Nerprun, Fr.; Weidenblättriger Sanddorn, Ger. ; in the Alps of Swit. zerland it is called Arve, or Saule épineux. Engravings. Eng. Bot., t. 425.; FL Dan., t. 265. ; N. Du Ham, 6. t. 80. ; Pall. Fl. Ross., 1. t. 68. ; and our
fig. 1206. Spec. Char., fc. Branches each ending in a spine. Leaves linear-lanceolate,
mostly bluntish, dark green, and minutely dotted, not scaly on the upper side ; silvery as well as scaly on the under one. (Smith.) A low tree, or large shrub; a native of many parts of Europe, on sandy sea coasts. Found in England, in various places on the east and south-east coast, but not in Scotland; flowering in May, and producing bright orange-coloured berries,
which are ripe in September, and remain on the tree as long as the leaves, and frequently till the following spring. Statistics. In the environs of London, the largest trees are those at Syon, one of which is 33 ft. high, with a trunk 11 in. in diameter, and a fine round head 17 ft. in diameter. At Kew, a male plant, near the palace, is 25 ft. high. In Oxfordshire, at Oxford, in the Botanic Garden, 10 years planted, it is 15 ft. high. In Rutlandshire, at Belvoir Castle, 18 years planted, it is 15 ft. high. In Suffolk, at Ampton Hall, 12 years planted, it is 12 ft. high. In Yorkshire, in the Hull Botanic Garden, 10 years planted, it is 12 ft high. In Scotland, in Banffshire, at Huntley Lodge, 12 years planted, it is 20 ft high. In Argyllshire, at Toward Castle, 13 years planted, it is 14 ft. high. In Sutherlandshire, at Dunrobin Castle, 13 years planted, it is 5 ft. high. In Ireland, in the Glasnevin Botanic Garden, Dublin, 30 years planted, it is 19 ft. high ; at Cypress Grove, Dublin, it is 15 ft. high. In the King's County, at Charleville Forest, 10 years planted, it is 15 ft. high. In Galway, at Coole, it is 28 ft. high. In Louth, at Oriel Temple, 25 years planted, it is 19 ft. high. In Sligo, at Makree Castle, 10 years planted, it is 5 ft. high. In France, near Paris, at Sceaux, 10 years planted, it is 15 ft. high ; in the Botanic Garden at Avranches, 10 years planted, it is 16 ft. high. "In Germany, in Hanover, at Harbke, 6 years planted, it is 5 ft. high. In Saxony, at Worlitz, 16 years planted, it is 20 ft. high. In Bavaria, at Munich, in the Botanic Garden, 24 years planted, it is 18 ft. high. In Austria, near Vienna, at Brück on the Leytha, 40 years planted, it is 16 ft. high. In Prussia, near Berlin, at Sans Souci, 20 years planted, it is 16 ft high. In Sweden, at Stockholm, in the Government Garden, 15 years planted, it is 7 ft. high. In Russia, in the Crimea, where, according to Descernet, it is employed, as in some parts of France, to fix drifting sands, and protect the seeds of Pinus Pináster, which are sown on them, it grows with great vigour. In Italy, at Monza, near Milan, 21 years planted, it is 12 ft. high. Varieties. 1. H. R. 2 angustifolia Lodd. Cat., ed. 1836; see the plate of this tree
in our last Volume, which is a portrait of a tree, of the female sex, in Messrs. Loddiges's arboretum, taken in October, 1834. Its leaves are obviously more narrow than those of the species; the young branches are pendulous ; and the tree is highly ornamental. There are plants, both of the male and of the female of this variety, in the Horticultural Society's Garden, and in the collection of Messrs.
Loddiges. 1 - H. R. 3 sibirica, H. sibirica Lodd. Cat., ed. 1836, appears to differ
very little, if at all, from the species; but, the plant not being in a healthy state, it may be more distinct than we suppose it to be. A male plant of H. Rhamnöides in the London Horticultural Society's arboretum, which flowered in 1835, had its flower buds smaller and earlier in blossom than those of the other; and this, perhaps, may be H. R. sibírica; the plants of species which are common to Siberia, and the west of Europe, always flowering earlier in this country than plants of the same species which are indigenous to it,
or to Central Europe generally. Description, &c. In its wild state, the sea buckthorn, sallowthorn, or willowthorn, rises, with ligneous stems, to the height of 8 ft. or 10 ft. ; but, in a state of culture, and when trained to a single stem, it grows twice or thrice that height. Its branches are numerous, irregular, and covered with a brown bark. The flowers are small, solitary, and appear before the leaves, or coeval with them. The berries are produced on the female plant in great abundance, when the male plant stands near it, but not otherwise. There is said to be a variety with red berries which Miller saw on the sand-banks in Holland; but we have not heard of its being in cultivation.
1206 The species is found wild in England, upon cliffs above the level of the sea, from Kent to Yorkshire; and is plentiful between Yarmouth and Cromer, on the flat sandy coast. In Russia, it is found in low, wet, and sandy situations, more particularly in the subalpine districts about Caucasus; and it is abundant throughout great part of Tartary: “ Hippophae Rhamnoides grows in profusion all along the course of the Arve; and Deiléphila (Sphinx) hippophaes is now so plentiful, in consequence of the numbers of it collected and bred by the peasants, that a specimen costs but 3 francs ; specimens were formerly sold at 60 francs each, and one of those first discovered was sold for 200 francs.” (Spence in Mag. Nat. Hist., vol. iv., for 1830, p. 148.) A shrub so common throughout Europe and Asia could not escape being known to the Greeks and Romans; but to what use they applied it is uncertain. In modern times, its leaves form the food of sheep, in poor maritime pastures, where the sheep sometimes also eat the berries. In Dauphiny, a decoction is made of these berries, which is used for the same purpose as that made from the berries of the Solànum Dulcamara, in Wales ; viz., to remove cutaneous eruptions. According to Pallas, the berries of the sea buckthorn are gratefully acid, and are much eaten by the Tartars, who make a jelly or preserve of them, and serve them up with milk or cheese, as great dainties. The fishermen of the Gulf of Bothnia prepare a rob, or jam, from them, which imparts a grateful flavour to fresh fish; and a kind of sauce is also made from them in the south of France. In some parts of France and Switzerland they are considered poisonous. J. J. Rousseau, in his Rêverie du Promeneur Solitaire, vii. Promenade, relates a curious story respecting his having made a botanical excursion in the neighbourhood of Grenoble, with a local botanist, who, though he saw him eating the fruit, which he knew, or believed to be, poisonous, was so polite, or regarded Rousseau with so much respect, that he durst not presume to warn him of his danger. In Britain, and on the Continent, the sea buckthorn is sometimes planted as hedges; and, as it endures the sea breeze, and throws up suckers freely from the roots, it is a useful plant for fixing drift sands, along with the grasses Psámma, E'lymus, Càrex, &c., and also for producing woody scenery in marine situations, where few other trees or shrubs will grow. In pleasuregrounds, when trained to a single stem, it forms a small, durable, and very interesting tree, from the dull pewter-like tinge of its foliage in summer, and the fine effect of its berries in autumn; but it must be recollected that the berries will not be produced unless both sexes are planted contiguously. As the flowers, especially those of the male plants, come out very early in the season, their buds, which are in spikes, have a conspicuous appearance during winter, and contrast finely with the fruit on the female plants, which remains on through the winter, after the leaves drop off, unless it is eaten by birds. In British nurseries, plants are commonly increased by suckers, which are produced in abundance; and a deep sandy soil is suitable for growing the plant to a large size. It may be planted in elevated and exposed situations and on the sea coast, where few other trees will grow. 1 ~ 2. H. SaliciFO‘LIA D. Don.
The Willow-leaved Hippophae,
Sea Buckthorn, or Sallowthorn.
Cat., ed. 1836.
Catalogue of the Linnean Society's Indian
Herbarium, Royle's Ilust., p. 323. Engraving. Our fig. 1207. Spec. Char., fc. Without thorns, upright, branched. Leaves lanceolate, obtuse, whitely tomentose, as are the branchlets. A native of Siri. nagur, in Nepal, whence it was introduced in 1822. Judging from the plants in the Horticultural Society's Garden, and in the arbo
1207 retum of Messrs. Loddiges, it appears to be a much more robust species than H. Rhamnöides, though probably more liable to be injured by