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Conifers: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (Two Volumes) Hardcover – 30 Sep 1996

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  • Hardcover: 706 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Upd Sub edition (30 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881923540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881923544
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 5.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,992,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A tantalizing overview of nearly 1,200 evergreens now in cultivation."--Linda Yang, New York Times, October 1, 1986--Linda Yang "The New York Times "

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The most complete photographic guide to conifers
Compiled by two of the world's authorities on the subject and illustrated throughout in full color, this book is the most complete collection of photographs of conifers ever assembled. The authors' acclaimed earlier book, Conifers, forms the nucleus of Conifers: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, but the greatly expanded coverage of cultivars and additional photos make the present work more than twice the size.

The authors have added 10 genera, bringing the total covered to 65. Included for each genus are notes on distribution, discussion of botanical characteristics and classification, and lists of species of particular merit. New in this two-volume set are a common name index, an index of synonyms, a suggested reading list, and a brief essay on photographing conifers. The photographs display fine details of bark, cones, and needles as well as general habit.

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Format: Hardcover
This book is primarily intended as a catalog of, and identification tool for, the great many conifer cultivars that have found their way into the horticultural trade. Secondarily it conveys information on the locales, classification, and other commercial values of the wild species from which the cultivars have been selected. The objectives are achieved mainly through the medium of color photos, black/white cone sketches, and informative picture captions. Basic information on genera, including numerous new "split-offs" from unnamed sources, occupy thirty pages of Volume 1. As a photographic catalog of more than 2,000 cultivars, many of them never before illustrated for the public, these volumes are incomparable. The photos, many of them close-ups, clearly show the cultivars' distinctive characteristics, mainly in garden and arboretum settings. This is the great strength of these volumes. As a general conifer reference, the work falls somewhat short of that peak. As is true of all cases where European authors have tried to embrace American trees in their grasp, an unfamiliarity with geography and the species has led to numerous small errors. Thus we learn (incorrectly) that Shasta fir grows on the West Coast, and noble fir in Yosemite. Monterey pine cones are labeled as Torrey pine. Sketches purported to be of Jeffrey, Korean (stone), and sugar pines are not. Etcetera.
But these minor problems are more than compensated for by the wonderful habitat photos of rare things like Welwitschias near Walvis Bay, Dacrydiums in Fiji, wild-type Mediterranean cypresses in Turkey, and the new Wollemia pines of Australia. And among the 2,574 photos are two showing the root parasite Parasitaxus ustus on its New Caledonian host Falcatifolium taxoides, red foliage and all.
For these reasons and others, this 2-volume set should be on every conifer enthusiast's bookshelf.
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pictures are great !!butlacks the necessary info on growing,care,climate zones&changes of sasons on the plants.but i love it for all it's visual contents
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As this is the best picture book it lacks details on the specimens. Information like what it starts out as and its various transitions in time.Let's take a variegated tree for example, it would be helpful to understand whether or not it starts out variegated or if it developes the variegation over time. This type of info is lacking. Also, it does'nt mention availability of the plant in commerce. It ends up being a wish book, without ever getting a feel for how/where to acquire these beauties!
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pictures are great !!butlacks the necessary info on growing,care,climate zones&changes of sasons on the plants.but i love it for all it's visual contents
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By mjg on 2 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Lots of beautiful pictures - but no information ie soil conditions, sun or shade, height and width - in other words a very pretty book but as an encyclopedia, next to useless.
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