May 23, 1851


in Thoreau’s Journal:

This genus so kind to the human race the malus or pyrus—Rosaceae the the family or others say Pomaceae. Its flowers are perhaps the most beautiful of any tree.


I am frequently compelled to turn & linger by some more than usually beautiful 2/3 expanded blossoms— If such were not so common—its fame would be loud as well as wide. Its most copious & delicious blossoms.


But our wild apple is wild perchance like myself who belong not to the aboriginal race here—but have strayed into the woods from the cultivated stock—where the birds winged thoughts or agents have planted or are planting me. Even these at length furnish hard stocks for the orchard.