Tree lovers, rejoice… invaluable for landscape designers, urban planners and homeowners… prose that’s lively and full of character.” —The New York Times Book Review “Dirr and Warren have given those who plant, care, and love trees an essential reference.” —Library Journal “Each tree profile includes the common and botanical names along with details on foliage; flowers, seeds, fruits, and cones; native range; adaptability; and popular uses in landscapes.” —Nursery and Landscape Insider “A comprehensive masterpiece.” —Garden Design Online “A comprehensive survey of the trees commonly used in landscapes, streetscapes, and home gardens.” —Nursery Management Magazine “A substantial, richly detailed A–Z catalog of temperate-zone trees to help professionals and DIYers choose the right tree for any location. An enormous undertaking passionately and expertly performed, and an invaluable resource.” —Booklist “Two of the most influential plantsmen of our time have teamed up to write the definitive manual on trees.” —Jeff Iles, professor and chair, Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University “Comprehensive, informative, up-to-date, and practical. A must-have book for anyone designing landscapes and working with trees.” —Tony Kirkham, head of Arboretum, Gardens & Horticultural Services, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew “Over the past two decades, it’s been my pleasure to join Mike—professor and mentor—and Keith—nurseryman and plant breeder—as they’ve walked our blocks of experimental trees in search of superior selections. Here, they share two lifetimes of learning about trees and their quest for new and better introductions for our landscapes.” —J. Frank Schmidt III, president and CEO, J Frank Schmidt & Son Co. "One book every tree nerd needs ... filled with nuggets of information that can only be acquired after the years of study and experience these two gentlemen have." —Jason J. Griffin, professor and director, John C. Pair Horticultural Center, Kansas State University “Truly awe-inspiring and informative. The horticultural knowledge, superb photography, and irreverent writing make this a cornerstone book for landscape architects, horticulturists, and arborists worldwide.” —Mario F. Nievera, author, Forever Green; principal, Nievera Williams Design “In a word—essential. The knowledge shared by Dirr and Warren cannot be matched. This is the new standard for tree selection advice.” —Robert D. Allen, vegetation manager, Eversource Energy “Michael’s books have been an invaluable professional resource for our firm, and have also given me countless hours of sheer pleasure.” —Edmund Hollander, founding partner, Hollanderdesign Landscape Architects “A comprehensive reference and planning tool for all of us engaged in selecting, planting, and caring for trees. Valuable insights relating to climate change, species diversity, invasiveness, native and exotic species, and the ever-expanding list of pests and diseases.” —Kris Bachtell, vice president, Collections and Facilities, The Morton Arboretum “An encyclopedia of the tree in all its forms, with a North American slant, but extensive enough to be useful to gardeners across the globe.” —Gardens Illustrated “A must-have resource for enthusiastic home gardeners, landscapes architects, city foresters, and horticulturists alike.” —Michigan Gardener “A definitive manual on trees.” —Virginia Master Gardeners Association “The Tree Book sets the standard for a comprehensive and helpful book for identification and application of tree selections. It is a fascinating read for any tree lover.” —Arborist News “This comprehensive, up-to-date, encyclopaedic book is a must-have.” —The Garden
Two giants of horticulture collaborate to produce a book of considerable heft—a "bible" for tree nerds. Both authors are plantsmen, but Dirr comes from academia (emeritus, horticulture, Univ. of Georgia; Manual of Woody Landscape Plants), while Warren is a retired tree breeder and nurseryman. Urging readers to "choose wisely, plant carefully, and plant often," Dirr and Warren present more than 2,400 species and cultivars suitable for the temperate northern hemisphere ("tree" is defined in terms of mature height—15 feet as the rough lower limit). Each profile includes common and botanical names, details on foliage, flowers, seeds, fruits, cones, native range, availability, adaptability, and popular uses in landscapes. Recommendations and disapprovals are plainly stated, as in the good (any oak), the bad (Callery pear), and the ugly (Siberian elm). Most of the nearly 3,000 color photographs were taken by the authors and strongly support their observations on arboreal form and texture. The writing entertains with its lively stylistic mix of technical, impressionistic, and, occasionally, irreverent approaches to tree selection. VERDICT Readers familiar with Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs will miss its generous back-of-book selection aids, and some will find the current volume's index erratic, especially concerning common names. But these are quibbles: Dirr and Warren have given those who plant, care, and love trees an essential reference.—Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont.