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Urban Arboreal: A Modern Glossary of City Trees Hardcover – 6 Sep 2018
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About the Author
Michael Jordan’s writing career began after ten years as a successful broadcaster working for BBC TV, Granada, Anglia, Channel 4, Radio 4 and World Service. He has published ten books on the natural world, his most recent being The Beauty of Trees. He lives in Devon.
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Several favourite trees feature and I have found a few new ones too! Many of the facts are surprising, such as
Of the Bodhi tree “In common with other ‘strangler’ figs, it can initially grow as an epiphyte by germinating from a seed deposited on the upper branches of a host tree, which it then progressively outcompetes by putting down long aerial roots.”
Of the Colombian Wax Palm “In the past much damage has been wrought to these remarkable trees through stripping the leaves for the Christian religious celebration of Palm Sunday”
Of the Maidenhair tree “Sometimes known in Japan ‘upside down tree’, this quaint name derives from the way that the branches, when left to their own devices, grow downward, and very old trees can develop limbs that become aerial roots or so-called stalactite branches.
I highly recommend this one if your are fond of trees! Five out of five!
“Urban Arboreal: A Modern Glossary of City Trees” has the loveliest cover ... I could happily wallpaper my living room with it! And the informative text and beautiful design make it a total winner! In “Urban Arboreal” we travel the world through the stories of 70 trees and the cities in which they flourish ... from the orange trees of Seville to the cherry blossoms of D.C. ... and come to learn the hidden histories of these botanical beauties. Descriptions and classifications of each tree alongside their often-unknown city history make it a compelling read, visually enhanced by lush hand-drawn illustrations. Highly recommended!
Pub Date 06 Sep 2018
Thanks to Quarto Publishing Group - Aurum Press and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine.
This book identifies trees that are famous for each city, all around the world. Each tree is identified by Latin classification, as well as by common name, and a little history is given about it. Then, the leaves, flowers and sometimes bark, are shown on the facing page. It is like a travel book for tree enthusiasts.
Lovely pictures. Interesting history. A good additional to any library.
Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
A Modern Glossary of City Trees
I received a digital arc of this book for an unbiased review from NetGalley and Quarto Publishing.
A beautifully illustrated book of city trees around the world. It is organized in alphabetical order explaining the history along with descriptive information regarding the species.
It makes you understand the beauty and significance of trees. Most of these trees inhabit other countries where one would never encounter.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this lovely book! All comments are my own, unbiased opinion.