Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses / Edition 6

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Serving as an ideal companion to Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs (above), this classic manual offers thorough information on the woody trees and shrubs used in landscaping. Aside from each plant's physical description, there's also an elaboration of hardiness, growth rate, culture, diseases and insects, landscape value, cultivars, and propagation. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588748683
  • Publisher: Stipes Publishing L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Sales rank: 110,740
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 2.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2006

    ' I'll check Dirr '

    Or else it was, 'what does Dirr say?' For years I would check in Dirr's book that was in the office and I would always want one. Now that it is required for my horticulture class I am VERY happy to own my own Dirr for reference. Highly detailed information helps me visualize the plant part being described and culture/propagation/landscape value information is great. Be careful, he has a sense of humor. If you are not accustomed to laughing whilst referencing plants, you will enter a new experience. The only thing missing are color plates, but then . . . I wouldn't be able to pick Dirr up. I truly understand why finding a used copy was difficult. No one wants to give theirs up!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    Great Reference Manual

    I originally bought this book as a horticulture student but it is a must have for any serious gardener. It is my 'go-to' book when I have any question regarding my plants.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2002

    The Perfect Manual

    This book is a life saver! I am a horticulture/landscape student and this book tells you everything you need to know about woody plants. This is one of those books that you don't sell back, you keep it forever.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    One of the best manuals out there

    Dirr, has written a great book and this should be on the shelf of any serious or non-serious landscapers. This book also has a series of CD's that can also be ordered or bought that gives you colored pictures but no information on all the plants in the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    A Must-Have Reference

    I originally purchased this manual as a required college textbook. Plant listing are arranged by botanical name(genus species), along with major cultivars/varieties, origin, propagation methods, and all other information needed for identification and use of Woody Ornamentals. The only thing missing, that you might need, are color pictures. I recommend purchasing one of Dirr's Illustrated Encyclopedias as a visual companion to this manual. Which one you need will depend on what area of the country you live in. Overall, this manual is a "gotta have" for anyone serious about landscaping or horticulture. It has earned itself a prominent place in my reference library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    A must Have for Landscaping/ Horticulture Majors!!!!

    This book is a great reference for all in the landscaping/horticulture field! It includes photos, scientific and generic names for the plants and the information on how to take care of them!

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

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    Highly Recommended- For landscape designer and horticluturist

    I really like this book it has alot of information in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    The main manual for woody plants

    Purchased this manual for my previous one fell apart over the years.
    THis is an excellant manual for woody plant material. Considered the bible of plants by peers.

    Describes plants and their uses/ culture and propagation. A must for one to create a successful landscape.

    Average home owner might find this too comprehensive, but Landscape architects/ horticulturists/ etc... should fine this helpful when deciding upon which plant material should work for a given area/ situation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2010

    Great Resource

    This book is great tool to have on hand when planning a garden or just want to know what a plant is used for involving sunlight, soil, hardiness, and area. It has useful information for all the cultures it has upon the certain plant and its differences in distinguishing one from another. This book is great for students that are taking agricultural classes to learn more about a certain plant and to gain knowledge about all plants. All I can say that its a great book, a great tool and great to have on hand!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Excellent Master Gardener Resource

    Not only is this book easy to read and understand, it provides a plethora of information about shrubs and trees. You can't find a more comprehensive book of this kind in the midwest. As a master gardener, this has helped me identify trees just by type of bark or a leaf sample. This book is a plus for any gardener's book shelf.

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

    Fantastic Book for Serious Gardeners

    If you are a serious gardener this is a book for you. Have it in my reference library and love it. If you don't want to plant a variety of shrub next to your home that is going to be 50 feet tall and 30 feet wide then this book is a must. There is so much valuable information in this book!!!

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