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Some trees are naturally slow in their growth; and those in particular which grow solely from seed1 and are long-lived. On the other hand, those that are short-lived grow with great rapidity, such as the fig, pomegranate, plum, apple, pear, myrtle, and willow, for instance; and yet these are the very first to display their productions, for they begin to bear at three years old, and make some show of it even before that period. The pear is the slowest in bearing of all the trees above enumerated. The cypirus,2 however, and the shrub known as the pseudo-cypirus3 are the earliest in coming to maturity, for they flower almost immediately, and then produce their seed. All trees will come to maturity more rapidly when the suckers are removed, and the nutrimental juices are thrown into the stock only.

1 Virgil, Georg. ii. 57, makes the same remark.

2 This shrub has not been identified.

3 See B. xii. c. 26.

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