CHAP. 58.—HOW TREES GROW SPONTANEOUSLY—DIVERSITIES IN
THEIR NATURE, THE SAME TREES NOT GROWING EVERYWHERE.
The trees which we owe to Nature are produced in three
different ways; spontaneously, by seed sown, or by a slip
which throws out a root. Art has multiplied the methods of
reproduction, as we shall have occasion to state in its own
at present our sole subject is the operations
of Nature, and the manifold and marvellous methods she adopts.
The trees, as we have already stated,2
do not all of them grow
in every locality, nor will they live, many of them,3
transplanted: this happens sometimes through a natural antipathy on the part of the tree, sometimes through an innate
stubbornness, but more frequently through the weakness of
the variety so transplanted, either the climate being unfavourable, or the soil repulsive to it.