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A Wax Tree

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Tilia is a Japanasecuiiceit, saul lo bu use ful and ornamental. Mr. Aslier, nays the an Diego News, has a samplo of the wax [roduced from it, as elcar as the wax pro Juced frotii honey, almost, and quite pretty. He wiil be ablo to supply the tree, it'wanted. A circular in our. powesñop nyi of' this tree and its wax : The uiost important article lor illuminati'ig pur posea in Japan s the cnndle madc from the fruit of a tree about the sizc and appearance of the cominon suinac ui this country, it is grown nore or less extensively almost everywhere n Japan, especially in the western provnces, from tbs souili, northwest to the thirty-fifth degree. The tree has a quiele growth, and attuins ha iliuienions of :i fout and a half, and a leight of twenty-ftve feet. The blowoma appear in June. They begin to yield berries the third or fourth year. The berries are thu sizeof asmall pea, of a white color, langiog in clusters, and contain tbe wax as a thick, white coating of the sced. The ull-grown tree is said to yield about tifty luunds ut seeds annually, oearly one half f whiofa U wax. It i a hardy plant growng on ut MU, and living tor many years. In Japan thcy are planted ty the roadideun iinbankun'nts and in out of llieway places. TIn1 wax ia obtained by tlie btrriea beinp crushcd, Hteamud, and then placed in bemp jags and pressed in a wedge pres. ln aUo obtainod by boiling the bruised and skimuiing the wax frotn the top. The wax is a palinatint' or glyoerine ; when tir-t xtracted it ia of a yollowi.ih white color, ml -imiewhat sotier than beoswax. It mits at lL'7 , and wlien foruiod iuto cndles gives a One, clear lii?ht. In ordinary candle-uiakinj: the unwashed wx h used. When wanlied aod blfacbéd in the -un and air it assutoes a pure white color.


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