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W9863o TO T.B. MCQUESTEN from his associate, Matt Broman
Jul 23 1942
To: T. B. McQuesten, Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario.
From: Matt Broman, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

July 23rd, 1942.


The JuJube Tree1: - Zizyphus Jujuba- Family-Rhamnacae- Buckthorn F.

These are deciduous or evergreen shrubs or trees, the common one, Zizyphus Jujuba, being a shrub or small tree to 10m. The fruit is edible, dark red or almost black in colour, ovoid to oblong, There are about 40 species in the tropical and subtropical regions of both hemispheres. S.E. Europe to S. and E. Asia. The tree is cultivated in the Mediterranean.

It seems to be hardy in zones 5-7


The Persimmon:- Diospyros virginiana- Family- Ebenaceae- Ebony F.

These are deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs. There are about 200 species chiefly in tropical and subtropical regions. The more or less round-topped head, and the branches are sometimes pendulous. The fruit is edible and is globose or obovoid in shape, yellowish to pale organge in colour, and often has a red cheek. Grows, Conn. To Fla. West to Kansas and Texas. This species is quite hardy around this district.

Other species of Diospyros are:-

  • D. Lotus- the Date-Plum- round-headed tree to 14m. Fruit-yellow, often bloomy and sometimes becoming blue-black. W.Asia to N.W. Himal, China and Japan.
  • D.Kaki- Kaki persimmon, China, Korea
  • D. armata- Native to C. China.


Hon. T.B. McQuesten,2,3 K.C.,
Minister of Highways,
Queens Park,
Toronto, Ontario


1 A Globe and Mail article referred to in W9863l discusses research which indicates that jujube and persimmon trees may be grown in Canada.


2 This page is noted as Page 2 and is dated the same as W9863n. It lists the trees that "Mr. Corsan" has planted.

Matt Broman worked very closely with Thomas B. McQuesten on many of his projects in Hamilton and in Niagara. There is a plaque commemorating Matt Broman's work at the RBG near the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge. There is also a small lookout park named after him on the brow overlooking King's Forest Park in Hamilton. The series of letters beginning with "986" are all part of the Broman collection.

For more information on T.B. McQuesten see his biography.


3 This document was originally numbered 986.1.061.2 but has been renumbered for cataloguing purposes.




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