Written by French botanists who explored North American forests in the late 1700s, The North American Sylva is a monumental work with masterful illustrations and extensive botanic profiles. The book would help France reforest its post-war countryside, and become a landmark in North American forestry. Today, it remains readable and interesting—certainly a work of evergreen value.
"Some farmers make cider of [the apples], which is said to be excellent; they make very fine sweetmeats also, by the addition of a large quantity of sugar.
No attempts have been made in the United States to improve the fruit of the Crap Apple Tree, nor any experiments of uniting it, by grafting, with the species imported from Europe. These [European] species succeed so perfecty, and furnish such excellent new varieties, that much time would be spent upon the Crab Apple, without bringing it to as high a state of improvement."