From the Publisher
“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
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.