From ‘The Book of Trees’, Alfred C. Hottes, 1932
Why We Plant Trees
10. Some of us plant trees that we may be silent witnesses to the life processes of the tree.
We enjoy pruning a tree to our whims, improving its fruits by breeding, and its vigor by supplying plant food.
We are interested in a tree for pure botanical and horticultural reasons. The strength of its woody fibers, the incomparable complexity of its flowers, the abundance of its fruits, and the growth processes fascinate us.
We take joy in supplying a fit environment for a growth that approaches perfection.