"Dwarfing Trees" from Scientific American

      "The Japanese, Their Proficiency in Mechanics, Agricultural Science, &c." (1860) includes these lines:

       The advent of the Japanese Embassy, and the interest in this but partially known people, which the event has awakened in the minds of our citizens, has induced us to give some account of their acquirements in the agricultural and mechanical departments…
       ...The gardeners of Japan have attained to the art of dwarfing, and also of unnaturally enlarging all vegetable productions.  In the gardens of their towns they exhibit full grown trees of various kinds, only three feet in hight, with heads of about the same diameter.  As long ago as 1826, a box was shown to the president of a Dutch factory at Nagasaki, 4 inches long, l-1/2 wide, and 6 inches in depth, in which were grown a bamboo, a fir, and a plum tree, the latter full blossom.  They sometimes stimulate the growth  of their trees to such an extent that the branches stretch to a great distance from the trunk, and are supported by props.


1    Scientific American, New Series, Vol. 2, Issue 26,  June 23, 1860, pg. 407.

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