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Japanese Maples: The Complete Guide to Selection and Cultivationby Peter Gregory
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Book News Annotation:
The previous (third) edition was published in 2001, and in the intervening years, the number of Japanese maple cultivars available to gardeners has doubled. The fourth edition of this classic contains some 600 plant descriptions and 500 color photos. Vertrees (1915-1993) was an entomologist, nurseryman, educator, and unequalled collector of maples; the work involved in keeping this reference up-to-date is being carried on by Peter Gregory, who is based in England and is chairman of the Maple Society (and one of its founders). Annotation ©2010 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.
About the Author
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.
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.
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