Japanese Maples: Momiji and Kaede

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Timber Press, 1987 - Aceraceae - 188 pages
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The breathtaking colors and delicate shapes of the Japanese maple have long delighted gardeners and plant connoisseurs. Since the early 1600s, or before, the Japanese have revered and cultivated the maple, developing many new varieties. More than 300 cultivars are now in exixtence, their colors ranging from pale pink and white to purple and every shade of green.

This second edition, published in 1987, includes cultivars introduced since the book's first apperance, and reflects changes in taxonomy and nomenclature; many new photographs were added with comments on the uses of Japanese maples in landscapes design.

The amateur will find the volume the best souce from which to select and care for Japanese maples. The expert will find it a careful, complete, and authoriative description of all the extant cultivars. In addition to its usefulness, the book is a visual feast with its 250 color photographs.

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User Review  - PJWetzel - LibraryThing

JD Vertrees is the foremost authority on the subject of Japanese Maples, and this is a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive survey of what was available at the time the book was published. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - jwiegmull - LibraryThing

Wonderful reference book, filled to the brim with color photos of many varieties of these beautiful trees. While the book does primarily focus on the leaf and on classification it does provide an index that categories the varieties by shape and size... Read full review


Character and History
Taxonomy and Nomenclature
The Cultivars Displayed

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About the author (1987)

J. D. Vertrees (1915-1993) was probably the most knowledgeable grower of Japanese maples in his time, and amassed at Maplewood Nursery in southern Oregon the largest collection of Japanese maples in the United States.

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