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Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propogation and Uses Paperback – August, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1588748683 ISBN-10: 1588748685 Edition: 6 Revised

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1325 pages
  • Publisher: Stipes Pub Llc; 6 Revised edition (August 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588748685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588748683
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael A. Dirr is a professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia. He is the author of twelve books, including Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia and the text and reference book, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, and has published more than 300 scientific and popular papers and articles. His teaching, lectures, seminars, garden study tours, and plant introduction programs have contributed enormously to greater horticultural awareness. He has received the highest teaching and gardening awards from the University of Georgia, American Society of Horticultural Science, American Horticultural Society, American Nursery & Landscape Association, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Southern Nursery Association, and Garden Club of America.

Customer Reviews

A hefty book, costs some money but well worth it.
Paul
This book is also great for the serious home landscape gardener that wants to site plants more thoughtfully.
walker
The Manual of Woody Landscape Plants is the most complete book I now own.
Landscape Designs

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Marie Groombridge on February 12, 2010
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I am a Master Gardener, and Certified Michigan Nurseryman, We (At our place of business) use this book as a reference manual for 90% of information in regards to trees and shrubs suitability for whatever the customers needs. It is very informative and a good investment.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Marc Meijer on August 5, 2010
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I have every edition of this book, including the 6th edition, which I got today at the IL. Landscaping & Contractor Association (ILAC). Dr. Dirr was the main speaker and I got it signed by him as well. Did pay one third of the price Amazon is selling it for.
Anyway, if you are serious about horticulture, this is "the" book to have. I used it in the 80's in grad school and it helped me tremendously in learning the details about many plants species. Every nursery I have worked at either had the book or I had the boss buy it. I use this as my main reference guide. Detailed enough to get to know a particular species of plants. This book is excellent for the home owner who wants to know more about plants and for the expert plant user who needs detailed information of a species.

I like the way Dr. Dirr describes what he likes about certain plants. He has his own opinion.
So to all you people that work with plants........ best book you will ever buy, worth every penny.

Marc. B. Meijer
Nursery Manager
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Landscape Designs on February 2, 2012
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The Manual of Woody Landscape Plants is the most complete book I now own. Some of the most important characteristics are the inclusion of the root type (tap root, fibrous root, etc...) and the conditions they grow in, the bark habit when young and when mature. These are important characteristics when telling someone about a tree to go in their yard. The flower, and culture are also important when seeking information about unknown trees or unknown parents to hybrids. These are a few things that some books don't have. I readily use it for root type classification so I know if the tree can be used in tight places (concrete, pavers, etc), or if it can be grown in a lawn area.
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I should have bought the hardbound Dirr's Manual of Woody Lansdscape Plants, because wherever it has been opened, the pages of my new paperback Dirr's are loose and falling out. Now, after only having been gently used only twice, it's just a pile of loose pages instead of a book. This (otherwise excellent) 1,325 page reference book was put together like a throwaway item. The binding is so flimsy that it is impossible to leaf through the pages. The publisher (Stipes Publishing, LLC) failed to do justice to a reference book that ought to stand up to years of frequent use.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By LikeToRead on March 28, 2010
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This book must be on the bookshelves of serious gardeners. It kept me alive during the long winter as I read about my trees and enjoyed Michael Dirr's editorial comments about the woody plants. His expertise is astonding and I enjoyed learning about his opinions, as they are very relevant to gardeners who want to have lovely and healthy landscape plants.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PanickedSerenity on September 5, 2010
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I bought it for my Landscaping Plants I class at MSU. It's very thick, but so far very informational. I was assured by my instructors that if I finish my program and stay within this career path, it will become my consant companion. I plan to get every penny I paid for it back out of it in the future. I bought the hardcover. It would be a pain trying not to bend the pages of a paperback that was as big as this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Mauceli on September 13, 2010
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I purchased this as a donation to our local Master Gardener Garden HelpLine. This book is THE standard for information about trees and shrubs for the U.S -- it is one of the main references we use to advise people in the community about tree and shrub identification and care. A new one was needed not just as an update, but because we just plain wore the previous edition out. If Master Gardeners use a book like this you know it has to be authoritative -- there's nothing else like it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Garden Girl on January 10, 2011
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This book was purchased as a graduation/Christmas gift for a new college grad majoring in Horticulture and hoping to start a career in landscape design. It was recommended by a talented landscape and nursery owner who has built a successful business over the past 20+ years. He indicated it was his most well used reference manual and contained everything you need to know about a huge variety of plants.
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