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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... the holly and the live oak,
which retain their leaves throughout the winter and arc just as
truly evergreen as is the pine or the spruce. Then there is the
larch, which bears cones and yet sheds its leaves every year. The
leaves of the larch are needle-shaped, it bears cones, and there is
some resin in the wood; therefore it clearly belongs to the same
family as do pines, firs, spruces, and hemlocks. In order to avoid
all confusion, therefore, it is suggested that pupils learn to call
all cone-bearing trees conifers, which means cone-bearers. The
others may be called broadleaf trees; this will properly include
the live oaks and the holly, and will do away with the confusing
term deciduous (leaf-shedding) trees. Another term that is
frequently heard is hardwoods. As generally used, this term means
the broadleaf trees, although there are some conifers with very
hard wood--yellow pine, for example--and some hardwoods, or
broadleaf trees, with very soft wood, such as the poplar and the
willow. The use of confusing terms should be abandoned, and the
terms conifer and broadleaf, while sounding a little strange at
first, will express the meaning more closely. The pines are nearly
all of great value because of their wood, which is strong for its
weight, straight-grained, and easily worked--that is, carpenters
have little difficulty in planing and shaping it to their purposes.
Some pines have very hard, heavy, resinous wood, as the Southern
yellow pine; but the Northern white pine is light and soft and
contains only a moderate amount of resin. The white pine was
formerly the most important timber tree of all the Northeastern
States, and many millions of board feet of white pine have been cut
from the forests of New York within the past century....
|Country of origin:
United States Congress Senate
• New York Dept of Agriculture
||246 x 189 x 13mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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