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The Meaning of Trees: Botany, History, Healing, Lore Paperback – August 18, 2005

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Fred Hageneder is chairman of the tree protection organization The Friends of the Trees and a leading figure in the campaign to save the endangered yew trees in his native United Kingdom.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081184823X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811848237
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Jacobson on January 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"The Meaning of Trees" is a truely beautiful and interesting work, especially for nature-loving folks like myself. The presentation of information is visually very appealing, as well as mentally stimulating. The book discusses and shares breath-taking photos of almost 60 different species of trees, and dispenses information on each from general characteristics, information and history, to practical uses, natural healing, culture/myth/symbolism, and more. A valuable and attractive addition to anyone's library!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A. Criscuolo on June 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was more than I had hoped for. The photographs are

wonderful and the folklore and history of the trees is fascinating. I also liked the fact that there was a diverse

representation of trees from the common to the exotic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Magickal Merlin on January 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful tree book.Yet,the purpose of a large coffee table book,is to show off the pictures.The photos are dull and grainy.The subjects of the photos are prime objects of interest.But,the poor lighting and fuzziness of the photos hinders the book.Maybe it was a publishing defect,that was not detected during the first press-run.The information about global and pinery trees is worth getting the book anyway.Anyone who enjoys reading about trees and perhaps becoming an arborist,would be pleased with this woodland book.Regardless of the shadowy obscurant photos within.I can only recommend reading it for the wealth of dendritic information.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nicki Hanley on March 21, 2006
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Excellent and beautiful book overall - great photos, well-written and the organization is really nice. A must for any tree and nature lovers!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carol Reese on October 19, 2012
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I was dismayed from the get-go since the first tree I decided to read about was maple, where I discovered that this author apparently thinks sycamores are also maples. Sycamore leaf shape is similar to some maples, but they are not even in the same family.

In the chapter on almonds, he uses the discarded taxonomic term Amygdalus for the genus, which has been Prunus for as long as I have studied horticulture, 30 years and counting now. He does switch to Prunus when discussing the commercially important nut species, but calls them cultivars, demonstrating that he does not understand the term cultivar, another blunder that any first year hort student could explain to him. In fact he lumps three species together as "a cultivar" which seems to me poor understanding of language as well.

His understanding of fig pollination is ruefully flawed and full of nomenclature error, far too complicated to go into in this forum, but if you like more information here is a good link to an accurate accounting of fig pollination. (...)

While ginkgo is more closely related to the conifers, which are gymnosperms, than it is to the angiosperms, it is certainly NOT classifed as a conifer. It is thought to be more closely related to cycads, in fact.

Many of the other trees described were natives of other continents and while his information about them may be accurate, I had much less interest in them than those of North America. Besides, I was discouraged by then and put the book down. I had little faith in the other information offered about the natural lore since I could not depend on accurate horticultural information.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Abigail in Winterville on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
From naturalist to poet, old and young alike will enjoy and benefit from this excellent book with its exquisite photographs and informative text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cre8iv1 on March 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love trees and this book is my favorite on the subject. The photos are excellent and the information is broad with not too much detail while covering a wide variety of trees. I use this book often in my writing where medicinal, symbolic, or mythological information is appropriate. "The Meaning of Trees" sits on my desk where it is a ready reference. Sometimes I just like to reflect on the embiance of a particular tree. My only complaint is that the trees aren't alphabetically arranged, which slows down a quick reference. However, the table of contents is clear and easy to read.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By seamus hail on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Nice photos and good discriptions of trees. The accompaning mythological lore is quite interesting also. A substantial, weighty and high quality book in terms of print and paper quality also. A very nice coffee table volume. Recommended for tree lovers and mythology fans.
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