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.