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It filled dozens of acres between two spurs of bald, grassy earth that drooped down toward the city. The ground in the little valley lay flat in spots, heaved up in others, the whole of it covered by the old growth of fruit trees and two or three times grafted branches.

How would you explain this sentence: The ground in the little valley lay flat in spots, heaved up in others?
Does this sentence mean that the valley was a group of terraces?
By the way, what does "the old growth of fruit trees" mean?
Does it mean these fruit trees were old?
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    It has nothing to do with terraces. The passage is describing the topography of the land; it's a valley that's mostly flat, but it has hills (i.e. the "heaved up ground") in various places. As for "old growth of fruit trees", that seems to simply be a poetic way of describing an ancient orchard, so yes, it means that the trees there were old.

     

    The ground in the little valley lay flat in spots, heaved up in others?

    That means the ground in the valley was uneven. It was flat in some spots, it was hilly in others. Heaved up just means the ground was pushed up from the flat spots.

    Old growth is a term used to describe old trees, just like you said. Old growth forests contain a lot of old trees. A young forest would have young trees.

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