- Paperback: 1007 pages
- Publisher: Stipes Pub Llc; 4th edition (September 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875633447
- ISBN-13: 978-0875633442
- Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses 4th Edition
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Serving as an ideal companion to Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs (above), this classic manual offers thorough information on the woody trees and shrubs used in landscaping. Aside from each plant's physical description, there's also an elaboration of hardiness, growth rate, culture, diseases and insects, landscape value, cultivars, and propagation.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is huge, think very very large phone book. The used one I got was in great condition but I do wish I would have splurged and got the hardcover. I use it frequently but its too bad I cant really take it out in the field.
I use this book all the time because I am always trying to identify a species of plant, or a cultivar within a species. Mostly for customers, but also myself. It is also quite helpful in determining what cultivars are likely to do well, and which ones have underperformed in the landscape (in the opinion of the author of course). The author frequently expresses his opinion, and he does so in an entertaining fashion that makes using this book fun. There are lists of what plants are quick references for what plants work well in different soil or moisture condition. What zone plants are suited to. Some indicate air pollution tolerance. There is a wealth of information in this publication.
If you are an amateur looking for an easy identification guide, or something with great photos, this is not going to suit your needs. I would suggest:
If you are a student that must buy this book for class....keep this book safe! If you work in the nursery or landscape industry and seriously love plants, this can be one of your best friends.
The reason why he does NOT bother with roses, clematis and other pretty plants extensively is that there are far better sources than his book to refer to for information and he just can't be bothered to rewrite what better experts have already written.
This book is NOT a key to identify plants. This book is NOT a coffee table book to impress anyone. This book is to be used at a store or in the field, covered with mud and spotted pages as you earn your living from working, planting and selling woody ornamentals. There are 100's of pretty books that Barnes & Noble cranks out each year for the casual gardener. If in doubt about a book, hike to a store or library and check the book out THERE, rather than ordering an unknown book and criticizing the author for what he's NOT vs. what he is. If you pay your mortgage and truck payment by working with trees and shrubs, you already have this book and know how good it is!