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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Revised and updated edition (15 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929324
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 3 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Since 1978, the basic information source on these small trees has been "Japanese Maples" by J. D. Vertrees. "

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J. D. Vertrees (1915--1993) was an entomologist, nurseryman, and educator who collected rare and unusual maples. At one time, his 1 -acre arboretum at Maplewood Nursery in Roseburg, Oregon, had the largest collection of Japanese maples in the United States. He amassed an impressive list of awards during his lifetime, including a Citation for Horticulture Research from the American Horticultural Society, a Special Achievement Award from the Oregon Association of Nurserymen, and the 1980 Thomas Roland Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. In 1997, Japanese Maples was selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 75 Great American Garden Books. Peter Gregory, retired manager of the world-famous Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, England, has researched maples and other trees for more than 40 years. He began a career in tree research with the Forestry Commission Research Division and conducted various projects for more than thirty years, including provenance studies, species trials, and experiments on various plant establishment techniques, especially on difficult areas such as exposed sand dunes, mountain slopes, peat bogs, and infertile soils. For five years he managed the Royal Forests of Yardley Chase and Salcey in Northamptonshire before being appointed as manager at the world-famous Westonbirt Arboretum, one of the largest collections of trees in the temperate world-especially famous for its wonderful variety of maples of all species, ages, shapes, and sizes. He has continued his studies of maples since his retirement, becoming Chairman of the international Maple Society, which he helped found in 1990, and Editor of the Society's quarterly journal. He is recognized internationally as one of the leading authorities in all aspects of maples. Peter lives in Cirencester, England, where - besides trees - he enjoys photography, climbing, tennis, and squash.


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The fly leaf says that this is "...an Authoritative and Sumptuous Treatment..." They are correct. It is difficult to imagine a better, more comprehensive book than this one, the illustrations are superb, the exhaustive treatment of over 600 plants is mind blowing. Here is an easy to read, comprehensive, well structured book, written by experts. If you are at all interested in Japanese Maples then this is a 'Must Buy'. What a superb present for any gardener!
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This new edition of Vertrees's classic is a must not only for confirmed maplemaniacs but for all interested in ornamental trees. There are many new cultivars dealt with, new information on the old ones, and a wealth of stunning new photographs. The only serious competitor is the delightfully entitled Japanese 'Book For Maples', also excellent, but very short on crucial information, such as the final shape and size of the trees. This well-priced revision will remain the definitive work on Japanese maples for many years to come, and there is surely no more rewarding field in the vast forests of dendrology.
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This was an excellent purchase. Easy-to-read with good size font and spacing. Good layout with excellent descriptions and photography. The only criticism is that the photos don't say what month, or even season, they were taken. However, it wouldn't stop me from recommending the book - hence why I've still given it 4 stars. Also, even though I was lucky to be able to buy it at a much reduced rate it is still well worth the RRP of £35.
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If you like to grow Japanese maples, this book is a 'must have'. It is comprehensive and very detailed. It includes a handy summary at the end showing the primary characteristics of many varieties, such as whether they are suitable for container growing or bonsai and any preference for sun or shade.
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I totally contented with this book. There are everything what you need to understand how to care of japanese maples.
There are numerous photos which are really useful because we can see everything about japanese maples. There are so many species with different colours show us that trees are really unique around the world.
These trees symbolize Japanese culture that is why essential in the japanese gardens.
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At last I can see exactly where I have been going wrong with my current trees. I think this book is really useful and arrived quickly.
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I bought this for my husband as he is the gardener in this household and he LOVES it. Uses it regularly for reference.
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As the title says, you will not want any other book on these plants (trees) well written by the men that are ackowlegded experts on the subject, wonderful,highly recommended.experts
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