This tree is found east of the Mississippi River, and reaches a height of from seventy to eighty feet. While in its young state it makes very rapid progress, but after it has reached a few inches in diameter it seems to fall back, and becomes of much slower growth. Its timber is very strong, tough, compact, and durable. Its chief use is for posts, fences, and rural buildings. Its fruit, too, is esteemed a delicacy by many. It is a handsome, ornamental tree, and is usually covered by myriads of birds that come to feast on the berries. To obtain the seed the berries should be taken when fully ripe and washed, the seed that falls to the bottom only being used; these should be laid by until spring, and then lightly covered with mould. The first year the young trees will grow to the height of from twelve to fifteen inches. Its fruit is very much increased in size by cultivation, but the birds generally save all trouble as to picking by being beforehand, and obtaining the best that is to be had.