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Identifier: sylvaamericanaor01brow
Title: The sylva americana; or, A description of the forest trees indigenous to the United States, practically and botanically considered
Year: 1832 (1830s)
Authors: Browne, D. J. (Daniel Jay), b. 1804
Subjects: Forests and forestry Trees
Publisher: Boston, W. Hyde & co.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation

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g,this wood was commonly employed in the Southern States, andafforded articles of furniture of the highest beauty. This wood,like that of the red cedar, may be usefully employed in shipbuilding, as it unites the properties of strength and durability.The leaves of this tree when bruised diffuse a strong odorresembling that of the sweet bay, Laurus nobilis, and may beemployed in cookery. Sassafras. Laurus sassafras. The Sassafras, on accountof its medicinal virtues andthe beauty of its foliage isone of the most interestingtrees of the American forests.In the United States, theneighborhood of Portsmouthin New Hampshire, in thelatitude of 43^, may beassumed as one of the ex-treme points at which it isfound towards the north-east:in the Western Country it ismet with one degree farthernorth. From Boston to thebanks of the Mississippi, andfrom the shores of4he oceanto Virginia and to the remotest wilds of Upper Louisiana beyondthe Missouri, comprising an extent in each direction of more than

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ig. 1. PLATE L.A1 eaf. Fig. 2. The fruit. DENDROLOGY. 197 1800 miles, this tree is sufficiently multiplied to be ranked amongthe most common trees. It is seen growing on lands of everydescription, from the dry and gravelly to the most moist andfertile, with the exception of such as are arid and sandy toexcess, like the pine-barrens of the Southern States : neither isit found in the swamps that border the rivers by which thesestates are watered. This tree attains its greatest developement on the declivitieswhich skirt the swamps, and such as sustain the luxuriant forestsof Kentucky and West Tennessee, where it arrives to the heightof 50 or 60 feet, with a proportionate diameter. The barkwhich covers old trees is of a grayish color and is chapped intodeep cracks. On cutting into it, it exhibits a dark dull red, agood deal resembling the color of the Peruvian bark. The barkof the young branches is smooth and of a beautiful green color.The old trees give birth to hundreds of shoots which

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