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A first among conifer and ginkgo guides

“Landscape selection of conifers and their cultivars for the Southeastern U.S. is now made easier. This is a guide every conifer-seeking gardener and landscaper in the region will want to consult.”—Ronald W. Lance, author of Woody Plants of the Southeastern United States: A Winter Guide

“Bravo! We finally have a reference suitable for conifer enthusiasts in the southern United States that explores not just the common conifers found in nurseries and landscapes but also introduces a plethora of species and varieties rarely encountered in the South and deserving greater use.”--Dave Creech, Director, Stephen F. Austin Gardens

“A good guide to what conifers may be used in the home landscape and any requirements necessary for their success.”—Don Howse, Porterhowse Farms

Conifers are among the most beautiful and versatile of all landscape plants, offering year-round variety of color, form, and texture. They remain underutilized in the South, in part because of the common misconception that they are not adaptable to the climate. Laying such claims to rest, this book introduces readers to conifers that grow successfully in southern landscapes.
          Gardeners in the South traditionally have relied on the mass of spectacular spring blooms as the mainstay of their landscapes. However, with the addition of conifers or cultivars of the genus ginkgo, homeowners can enjoy twelve months of low maintenance color. Tom Cox and John Ruter present a variety of conifers that grow from Virginia to Florida to Texas. They provide tips on growing, pruning, preventing disease and pest problems, and on proper selection and cultivation requirements—all unique to the Southeast.
          In short, this guide includes essential information about what to buy, where to plant it, and how to maintain it. It also offers advice on what to expect from mature conifers and ginkgo while suggesting genera and species that have proved adaptable and cultivars that have performed well in the southeastern United States. Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast is a compilation of years of research and horticulture experience that will aid anyone, whether novice or professional, in creating beautiful year-round landscapes.

 

Tom Cox, past president of the American Conifer Society, is the founder and owner of Cox Arboretum and Gardens in Canton, Georgia. John M. Ruter, Allan M. Armitage Endowed Professor of Horticulture at The University of Georgia, is a teacher, ornamental plant breeder, and has authored or coauthored over 400 publications and two books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813042488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813042480
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very informative and very user friendly.
Horsekeeper
This book provides an excellent resource a litany of ornamental conifers and other landscaping fare for the South.
R. Harris
This book is a must for conifer lovers who live in the south.
Tami

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tami on July 22, 2013
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This book is a must for conifer lovers who live in the south. It is amazing how many choice conifers can be grown in the south. The section on diseases and pests is very helpful. The authors have done an excellent job. The photographs are lovely and is an asset to those who want pictures!.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Harris on October 18, 2013
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Other than the loblolly and slash pines that seem to be everywhere in the South, conifers and South seem to be ill-fitted for each other. This book provides an excellent resource a litany of ornamental conifers and other landscaping fare for the South.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tedlow on September 3, 2013
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Contains references for very unusual plants especially the dwarf varieties. Ginkgo information is a hard to find. Goes into the diseases in great detail with wonderful photos.
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By Barry S on January 11, 2014
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This book is a good summary of most all of the conifers one would grow in the Southeastern US. It gives you all the basic info most people would ever want to know. And, it's written better than this review!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hale Booth on May 6, 2013
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It's special to get a plant book written by someone with broad first hand experience with their subject matter who garden in environmental conditions similiar to your own. Conifers have perhaps an unjustified reputation as being difficult in the southeast for a range of reasons. This book by two experienced southern plantsmen tells of their successful experiences growing a wide range of conifers in the southeastern climate and gives experienced advice on selections and valuable guidance for best results in your garden. This is "the conifer book" for southern gardners. What else could you ask for, and at such a reasonable price.
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By Horsekeeper on August 5, 2014
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Very informative and very user friendly. A must for everyone interested in planting conifers.
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