The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers / Edition 2

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How, when, and where to prune? The questions that beset every gardener never change, but the solutions do. The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers has always recommended the best possible pruning techniques and practices to gardeners. Now thoroughly revised and substantially expanded by Tony Kirkham, George Brown's classic work will continue to be trusted and respected as the essential pruning reference for years to come. With more than 50 new photographs illustrating key pruning points, this manageable, easy-to-use reference is more practical than ever.
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Editorial Reviews

Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Excellent updated edition full of color photos and 'how-to' drawings."
—Dale Langford, Rocky Mountain News, June 26, 2004
National Gardener
"Good pruning is known both as an art and a science, and this book helps the gardener accomplish both."
—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener, March 2004
The Washington Post
"The authors explain the basic principles of pruning and offer insights into why we cut trees and how to care for them, and handle specific situations such as lightning strikes, wind, cavitites and wounds, crown reduction, training and other general pruning topics."
—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post, April 24, 2004
First published in 1972 by Faber and Faber, London. Timber Press includes a new foreword and nomenclatural update. The first section covers subjects including general pruning principles, special circumstances and pest and disease control, followed by an encyclopedia of the best pruning methods for nearly 450 genera of trees, shrubs, conifers, and woody climbers, with several thousand species discussed. Contains ample line drawings and 86 b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881926132
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 672,512
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

George E. Brown (1917–1980) earned his diploma in horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He returned to Kew in 1956 as an assistant curator. A founding member of the Arboricultural Association, he soon became a recognized authority on trees and shrubs.

Tony Kirkham is Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, where he cares for the existing heritage landscape and woody plant collections and maintains the integrity and development of the living scientific plant collections. The latter responsibility has been the impetus for plant collecting trips to Chile, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia, western China, and Japan; many of the trees now growing in the collection originate from seed collected on these trips. Tony lectures internationally, runs workshops, and has published papers on a wide range of subjects. He is married with two children and lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 11
Acknowledgements 13
Ch. 1 The General Principles of Pruning 15
Ch. 2 The Pruning of Trees and Conifers 37
Ch. 3 The Pruning of Shrubs and Climbers 83
Ch. 4 Pruning in Special Circumstances 105
Ch. 5 Pest and Disease Control 127
Ch. 6 The Specific Pruning Needs of the Genera 131
App. I Some Common Names with Their Botanical Equivalents 307
App. II: Tools and Equipment 311
Glossary 326
Index 331
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