It's what it says it is - a visual guide of six hundred leaves representing some of the world's most beautiful trees. It can be used for identification, knowledge, as a treasury of leaves. Each leaf is beautifully photographed, in addition there is a small line drawing of the tree showing height and form, information about the tree and similar species. Also on each page is a map of the world and key facts. It's fascinating to see the subtle differences between species. This is a book that many people would pay ten times the asking price. As an author of gardening books myself that involve much research, I really admire the detail and research that have gone into making this book. It is a triumph. Recommended for anyone who loves trees. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
on 28 May 2012
As a gardener for an Arboretum, having a lot of exotic trees is always a challenge when trying to identify something with a lost label. This book is a useful addition to other excellent I.D guides - particularly the ones by Roger phillips - and really helps to identify that mystery specimen. Its also a good read, to expand your knowledge of what lies beyond your countries borders!