National Geographic : 1919 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE the best place in their fields, as the whole race is addicted to ex cessive use of the leaf. Some very lar ge leaved varieties are grown in this country, some of which I have never seen elsewhere. I haven't been able yet to obtain seeds of it, for these people live by the day. They don't have any seeds Sfor a bad year or so Soh1, no; let the day of tomorrow take care of itself! In agricul tural seeds, too, they sow everything at once, and if some is left, mix it up with other seeds and eat it. The new crops are not ripe yet, so there are no seed to be had." THROUGH PRTIMEVAL FaFORESTS IN KOREA In going to Hoi ryong, Korea, Meyer relates that for many days he traveled through primeval for ests, camping at night in log cabins which had been erected for A WHITE-BARKEDAR PEKINE TREE TREE C ENTRIES OLD, the accommodation of NEAR IEKING, CIINA hunters. hunters. Pinus bungeana, the white-barked pine of central China, as Meyer "These forests are remarks, is "rather insignificant looking when less than a century slendid" he old, but trees of 200 or 300 years of age are beautiful and serene he writes. enough to worship." Minister Rockhill expressed himself to Meyer "They consist mostly several years before his death as wishing that he might rest under a of larches, then fol white-barked pine. Thousands of these have been grown and sent low spruces, then out to parks, cemeteries, and private places throughout America. pines and lindens, The contrast between the brilliant white bark and the dark-green birches, poplars, and foliage makes it a most striking landscape tree (see page 76). birches, poplars, and gigantic willows, den beans are also grown, mostly for the found in patches or as solitary specimens. dry beans, though. The willows attain the same enormous "Fruits are absolutely unknown. Here size as the conifers-from Ioo to I50 and there one sees a wild pear or a wild feet tall. I measured larches that had a plum, but the natives do not cultivate any. diameter of four feet, five feet above the ground, and by counting the annual rings TOBACCO TIHE FAVORED PLANT OF KOREA of some of the felled giants, I found that "A plant of great importance with the most of the trees are between I20 and Koreans is the tobacco. They give it i8o years old.