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Plants That Merit Attention: Trees

This magnificent reference provides excellent descriptions and color photos of hundreds of unusual woody plants that are beautiful, pest- and disease-resistant and tolerant of a variety of environments, yet are not often found at garden centers. Each selection features at least one photograph, plus cultivation and landscape information and a list of gardens or parks in the United States and Europe where the plants can be seen.

Series: Plants That Merit Attention (Book 1)

Hardcover: 349 pages

Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (January 1, 1985)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0917304756

ISBN-13: 978-0917304750

Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 8.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #1,653,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #210 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Shrubs #357 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Trees #956 in Books > Science & Math > Biological Sciences > Plants > Trees

I am very impressed with this unique book of rarely seen trees that will add interest to any garden. The book starts with a glossary of botanical terms with b/w illustrations of the anatomy of leaves, flowers, fruits & conifers.Information includes botanical name, common name, zone, native habitat & date introduced. There is a general description of size, spread, & shape as well as descriptions of leaves, flowers, & fruit.Culture, including soil quality, ideal sunlight, & disease tolerance, as well as transplanting & propagation advice are included also. Three clear photos include the full-size tree & two others show close-ups of leaves, flowers or trunk.It also gives information on winter appearance & landscaping value. Even gardens where the trees can be seen are listed. I really appreciated this type of information. It is so rarely seen in most reference book.The appendices are extremely helpful they list botanical gardens & nurseries. A source for each species can easily be found. Trees are also listed by characteristics. Some include zone, light requirements, soil conditions, resistance, color of bloom & fragrance.

Anyone seriously interested in leaving an horticultural legacy should buy this book. I feel like a kid in a candy store leafing through it. The book gives clear images of mature trees, where they grow, what they like or don't like and where they can be bought. The best present for anyone with even a postage stamp garden.

One of my favorite books about trees: description, growth habit, wonderful photos, listings of where you can see the trees, and much more. I use this book alot

The first thing to strike the eye when taking this book to hand is the full color and the beautiful glossy paper (no expense spared at the printer's!). The second thing to be noticed is the lay-out which is only just short of crummy (looks as if this was farmed out to India or the like). It looks pretty silly to have beautiful color pictures printed on expensive glossy paper and then having to look hard to make out the details. Without extra expense or effort the pictures could have been printed 25 to 50% bigger and this would have made the book twice as valuable. The quality of these pictures varies. There are some really great pictures here while others are ... mediocre.The text was written by a committee and it looks it. This makes for easy comparison and reference, but for an uninspiring read. This fact distinctly decreases its value as a coffee-table book or as an object for delicious browsing. I am hoping the contents of the text are allright (I only browsed through it, but did spot some errors)The botanical names appear mostly in order (I noticed only a few slips), which is not always so in horticultural books. Still these look a little silly because of the lay-out. Pity. Also the age of the book means that recent name changes have not been incorporated (I assume the reader will compensate for this).I guess this is an OK book, that will look decent on the bookshelf, but that falls well short of what it could be.

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