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Japanese Maples Momiji & Kaede Momijiby J D Vertrees
Synopses & Reviews
This is among the first books published by Timber Press, and after more than two decades it continues to be one of our signature bestsellers. A comprehensive source of information on the culture, identification, and nomenclature of Japanese maples, it describes each of the 320 cultivars of Acer palmatum and 60 cultivars of other Japanese maple species, plus briefly mentions 150 promising new plants. The index lists every horticultural name published, ensuring that Japanese Maples will continue to be the foremost reference book on this wonderfully versatile collection of ornamental plants.
This fully updated third edition has been revised by Peter Gregory and is even more international than its predecessors. It adds approximately 100 important new maple hybrids and selections that have been introduced since the last revision by Vertrees in 1987, bringing to nearly 400 the total number of plants described. Nomenclature has been updated to conform to current standards, many additional photographs have been included, and descriptions have been rearranged for greater ease of reference.
Book News Annotation:
In this update of the major reference by the late renowned Japanese maple authority with the apt name of Vertrees, Gregory, the British chairman of the Maple Society, covers recent name changes and adds some 100 new cultivars of Acer palmatum (momiji) and other species (kaede) to the descriptions of about 400 total. Includes lists of cultivar names and their English translations, maples not yet assessed, and cultivar names not described elsewhere; a guide to tree uses and characteristics; Maple Society information; a glossary; and lovely color photos. Earlier editions appeared in 1978 and 1987.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With over 320 cultivars of Acer palmatum and 60 cultivars of other Japanese maple species to choose from in these pages, gardeners may find it hard to resist growing them all.
Among the first titles published in 1978, with more than 150,000 copies in print in three editions, Japanese Maples is a Timber Press classic. Japanese maples are unlike any other tree. They boast a remarkable diversity of color, form, and texture. As a result of hundreds of years of careful breeding, they take the center stage in any garden they are found. In the last decade, the number of Japanese maple cultivars available to gardeners has doubled and there is a pressing need for an up-to-date reference. This new fourth edition offers detailed descriptions of over 150 new introductions, updates to plant nomenclature, and new insights into established favorites. Gardeners will relish the practical advice that puts successful cultivation within everyone's grasp. Accurate identification is made simple with over 600 easy-to-follow descriptions and 500 color photographs.
About the Author
J. D. Vertrees (1915-1993) was probably the most knowledgeable grower of Japanese maples in his time, and amassed at Maplewood Nursery in southern Oregon the largest collection of Japanese maples in the United States.
Peter Gregory, retired manager at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, England, is the chairman and co-founder of the Maple Society and the editor of its journal. He has been involved with tree research, including maples, for more than five decades. He lives in the UK.
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