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Product Details

  • Series: Timber Press Pocket Guides
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (February 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927764
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Copiously illustrated with high-quality color photographs, the text is concise, complete, and includes tropical plant expert Riffle’s personal appraisal of each  plants’ horticultural utility.”

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Although they are a symbol of the tropics, palms are indigenous to every continent except Antarctica and can be grown in climates with temperatures as low as 5°F (-15°C). So why are palms often under-utilized in landscapes, even tropical ones? Perhaps because of our unfamiliarity with their cultural needs. The Timber Press Pocket Guide to Palms unlocks the keys to successfully growing 200 of the most common and easily obtainable palm species and hybrids for temperate, Mediterranean, warm temperature, and tropical regions. Details of mature tree size, cold hardiness, and light, soil, and water requirements accompany suggestions for using the palms indoors and out. Illustrated with more than 300 color photographs, this guide is a valuable complement to An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms and an ideal reference for taking to the nursery or garden center.

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It was well organized and easy to read.
Julie L. Friedman
It is a great book for a novice like myself who is seeking to plant a few "wisely" selected species of palm tree.
RP
It also gives planting tips and there is also a section on tropical plants and how and where to plant and maintain them.
Lynne Jones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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Palm Trees can be found on every continent except Antarctica - and it isn't because of the cold that they aren't there. "Timber Press Pocket Guide to Palms" is a comprehensive look at this enigmatic tree, so often ignored as simply a decoration for tropical islands when it really is a resilient plant that can grow in extreme temperatures as low as five degrees Fahrenheit. The guide covers everything one would possibly need to know to grow over two hundred of the common palm species. Enhanced with over three hundred color photographs and appendixes, this information packed guide is highly recommended for community library collections on plant life and for anyone who seeks to grow a palm themselves.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Bury on November 23, 2008
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Specific to the conditions and facts of each palm, the late Robert Lee Riffle handed us a detailed, quick reference before he left the world stage.
I like this book because each palm I look up has the climate zones it can survive in, the growth rate, the color of ripe seed, the germination time and much more bullet head information of the plant.
After the vital profile comes the aesthetic overview that only Mr.Riffle could give us...a view of the unique beauty of each palm.

Adieu, Robert, and thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leann on December 28, 2008
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Which is just what we got this for. Something to take to the nurseries, palm group meetings, and botanical gardens.

We purchased the hardbound Craft/Riffle "An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms"(which is fantastic, BTW) but wanted something we could make notes in, etc. This turned out to be the perfect pair of books! We shop at home w/the big book, and out on the road w/the soft cover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By daisy13 on January 30, 2010
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We are not botanist but love palms and wanted a comprehensive volume with good pictures and practical tips and information that was easy to read and refer to. This is it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Rufft on March 23, 2012
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i was hoping for a more user friendly type book for identifying palm trees. this book is rather on the formal, dry side. the palms are id'd in their latin names making it difficult to find palms by their common name. the pictures are good but not great. i have a lot of different palms in my new garden and wanted help in identifying them. this just didn't do it for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Turbyfill on November 30, 2009
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Well written and illustrated handbook. Very thorough commentary on the species covered, which are the vast majority of palms that any but the ardent collector will ever see. If you need just one guide to take with you on walks in the tropics, this is the one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RP on March 2, 2014
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The introduction provides a brief presentation on "Palm Structure, Palm Habitat, Palms in the Landscape, Pruning, Aesthetic Concerns, Human Safety, and Health of the Palm". These sections are brief but the information is good and a pleasure to read. The intro is followed by several pages listing palms in various categories such as water preference, growth rate, soil type, size, salt tolerance, and climate range (all by Latin names). This is a handy section for selecting a palm to read more about later in the book. The heart of the book is an A to Z (by Latin name) encyclopedia style presentation of palms. Each entry includes common names and a general description of size (height, width, trunk, crownshaft, and leaves), fruit, growth rate, climate, sun exposure, water needs, soil preference, indoor use, and seed germination. The entries are somewhat brief but pack in a lot of information. There are 1 to 3 pictures of each palm. The book is physically not large (it is a nice size), but the pictures are good. It is a great book for a novice like myself who is seeking to plant a few "wisely" selected species of palm tree. Organization by Latin name is not a problem, the index includes both Latin and common names. Add Betrock's "Essential Guide to Palms" for a great complimentary reference. One negative: the hardiness zone map at the end of the book is poor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Coldani on July 22, 2013
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This is a good guide to palm trees from around the world. The only bummer was that 90% of the palms in the book, (especially this coolest ones) won't grow where I live. Other than that, it is packed with information like size, origin, climate zone, how to grow from seed and of course lots of photos.
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