Michael Dirr, the author of the iconic Dirr’s Trees and Shrubs, is widely acknowledged as one of the leading experts on woody plants. Keith Warren has shaped the American landscape through the introduction of tree cultivars. Together, they have penned what will be the go-to tree resource for decades.
The Tree Book is a comprehensive survey of the trees commonly used in landscapes, street planting, and gardens. The trees included are widely available in the nursery trade, new and promising choices, or overlooked options that deserve renewed interest. They include both good and bad examples of landscape trees, omit some dated cultivars, arboreta specimens and those not reaching significant nursery production. In all, over 2400 species and cultivars, with accompanying photos, are featured in the book.
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 the landscape.
Whilst being based in the USA, the authors point out that they have picked “…. trees that make up the currently available landscape tree palette for use in the temperate northern hemisphere…The best cultivars have spread across continents, and this book should be useful in all countries across temperate climates.”
The Tree Book will be the authoritative resource for professionals in the tree industries as well as landscape architects, designers, nurserymen, gardeners, and students of horticulture and landscape design.
“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
“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
“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
Michael A. Dirr is a Professor Emeritus of horticulture at University of Georgia. He is widely acknowledged as one of the leading experts on trees and shrubs for landscapes and gardens. He holds BS and MS degrees in horticulture from Ohio State University and the PhD from University of Massachusetts. Dirr has introduced over 200 woody plants to cultivation and holds 29 patents with the UGA Research Foundation.
Keith S. Warren, tree breeder and nurseryman, has significantly reshaped the tree palette of the American landscape through introduction and promotion of improved tree cultivars. As Director of Product Development for J. Frank Schmidt and Son Co., one of the world’s largest nurseries, he created an extensive tree evaluation program, testing virtually every new deciduous cultivar during his 40-year career.