Conifers for Gardens: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

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Conifers for Gardens is intended to take away the element of uncertainty when you're choosing a plant that may alter your yard for years to come. Profusely illustrated with more than 1,500 crisp photographs and brimming with concise descriptions of both species and their numerous cultivars, this meticulously researched reference provides information — including size, appearance, hardiness, preferred growing conditions and susceptibility to pests and diseases — for almost every hardy conifer you're likely to ...

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Overview

Conifers for Gardens is intended to take away the element of uncertainty when you're choosing a plant that may alter your yard for years to come. Profusely illustrated with more than 1,500 crisp photographs and brimming with concise descriptions of both species and their numerous cultivars, this meticulously researched reference provides information — including size, appearance, hardiness, preferred growing conditions and susceptibility to pests and diseases — for almost every hardy conifer you're likely to encounter in the trade, whether it's a tried-and-true favorite or a connoisseur's treasure. So if you've ever been torn between, say, 'Golden Mop', 'Lemon Thread', and 'Sungold' sawara-cypresses, relax — choosing and identifying conifers just got a whole lot easier.

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“Aimed at general gardeners, woody plant specialists, nursery and landscape professionals, almost every hardy conifer you’re likely to encounter is covered in this book.” - Sierra Heritage Magazine

"…offers plenty of information, as well as incentive, for all those who want to know more about the common or slightly less common conifers in gardens, or indeed for those who want to grow them."

International Dendrology Society

Library Journal

Bitner, who studied horticulture at Longwood Gardens (PA) and is an instructor in the Continuing Education and Professional Gardner Training program there, has penned a comprehensive, illustrated guide to conifers, suitable for beginning to experienced gardeners. Arranged alphabetically by conifer genus, then species, then cultivar, the book includes over 1300 species and cultivars with over 1200 color photographs. Each genus entry includes a general description, range/habitat preference, any pests or disease problems, and cultural information. Species entries include common name, USDA hardiness zones, size, range, a description, and cultural information, followed by a list of the cultivars (many of which are illustrated with photographs) with one-sentence descriptions of each. Appendixes include lists of plants suitable for specific conditions or that possess certain characteristics, lists of places to see examples, and specialty nurseries. This work includes far more text, including cultural information, than D.M. van Gelderen and J.R.P. van Hoey Smith's Conifers: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, previously on offer from Timber Press. Libraries with the earlier book should add this to their collections. Recommended for public, academic, and horticultural libraries, except for those located in the Deep South or Southern California.
—Sue O'Brien

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881928303
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,129,304
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard L. Bitner is a garden writer and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous national and regional magazines. He studied horticulture at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, where for many years he has been an instructor in the Continuing Education program. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal Plant Award Committee, and has made it his mission to promote the appreciation and use of conifers. His previous Timber Press books are Conifers for Gardens and Timber Press Pocket Guide to Conifers.

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