The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Tree planting in Sweden

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446. Planting is little wanted in Sweden; for seedling Scotch pines, spruce firs, and birch, rise up in abundance wherever old ones have been cut down. The pine forests, Capel Brooke tells us, are seen in their greatest beauty, when the young light green spring shoots are contrasted with the dark colour of the older foliage. The juniper grows every where, and, requiring no drying previously to being burned, forms the general fuel of the country. (Elliotts Travels, &c., p. 144.) Enclosures in Sweden, as in Switzerland, are most frequently made of stone or of wood. Trees are planted along the roads in several places, and especially near Stockholm. The lime, the birch, and the ash, or trembling poplar, are the species used.