Japanese Maples: The Complete Guide to Selection and Cultivation

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Timber Press, 2009 - Gardening - 404 pages
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Among the first titles published in 1978, with more than 150,000 copies in print in three editions, Japanese Maples is a Timber Press classic. Japanese maples are unlike any other tree. They boast a remarkable diversity of color, form, and texture. As a result of hundreds of years of careful breeding, they take the center stage in any garden they are found. In the last decade, the number of Japanese maple cultivars available to gardeners has doubled and there is a pressing need for an up-to-date reference. This new fourth edition offers detailed descriptions of over 150 new introductions, updates to plant nomenclature, and new insights into established favorites. Gardeners will relish the practical advice that puts successful cultivation within everyone's grasp. Accurate identification is made simple with over 600 easy-to-follow descriptions and 500 color photographs.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Preface to the First Edition
11
Preface to the Fourth Edition
15
Character History
19
Taxonomy Nomenclature
29
Culture
39
Propagation
65
Acer palmatum and Cultivars
81
Guide to Uses and Characteristics
336
Cultivars Not Yet Assessed
349
Cultivar Names Not Elsewhere Described
365
The Maple Society
374
Nursery Sources
375
Glossary
378
Bibliography
379
General Index
382

Other Acer Species from Japan and Their Cultivars
283
Japanese Words and Their Meanings
333

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About the author (2009)

J. D. Vertrees (1915--1993) was an entomologist, nurseryman, and educator who collected rare and unusual maples in southern Oregon.nbsp;He was probably the most knowledgeable grower of Japanese maples in his time, amassing an impressive list of awards. His 1.5-acre arboretum at Maplewood Nursery had the largest collection of Japanese maples in the United States. In 1997, Japanese Maples was selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 75 Great American Garden Books.

Peter Gregory, retired manager at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, England, is the chairman and co-founder of the Maple Society and the editor of its journal. He has been involved with tree research, including maples, for more than five decades. He lives in the UK.

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