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Hawthorns and Medlars (Royal Horticultural Society Plant Collector Guide)by J. B. Phipps
Synopses & Reviews
Hawthorns and Medlars was the first in our Plant Collector Guide series, published in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society. Ideal for the avid gardener, horticulturist, and plant collector, these inspirational books provide an opportunity to learn about some lesser-known, but increasingly collectable genera.
Most hawthorns are vastly underappreciated as ornamental subjects, but given their interesting biology, cultural history, and uses in cookery and folklore, these fascinating trees and shrubs are long overdue their own book. This book focuses on those hawthorns (genus Crataegus) and medlars (genus Mespilus) of greatest interest to horticulturists, some 70 wild species, many of which are seldom cultivated outside botanic gardens or arboreta. A substantial range of ornamental cultivars and the best-known horticulturally created hybrids are also treated, and the author provides detailed information on how to best grow, propagate, and hybridize these plants.
Book News Annotation:
In treating these under-valued thorny shrubs and trees of the most horticultural interest, Phipps (biology, U. of Western Ontario) describes the history and cultivation of hawthorns and medlars as food, medicine, ornamentals, in folklore, and as a conservation challenge. He includes information on preparing specimens for study, an identification key for the wild and hybrid species described, and color plates.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The first in a new Plant Collector Series published in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society. Ideal for the avid gardener, horticulturist, and plant collector, these authoritative books provide an opportunity to get to know some less well known, but increasingly collectable genera.
With their abundant white flowers, often striking autumn foliage, and colorful fruit, hawthorns and medlars deserve more notice in our gardens and landscapes. Now horticulturists will have expert information on the best of these trees, many of which are seldom cultivated outside botanic gardens.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 130-133) and index.
About the Author
James B. Phipps holds a post-retirement appointment in the biology department at the University of Western Ontario, where for many years he was also director of the Sherwood Fox Arboretum and maintained a research collection of about 300 hawthorns. He has conducted research on hawthorns for over 25 years, and has published extensively during that time. Phipps is also an editorial committee member for the Flora of North America. Dr. Phipps has long had a particular interest in hawthorns and is currently working on a monographic treatment of Crataegus and Mespilus. He is a native of Birmingham, England.
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