Trees: A Visual Guide (Hardcover)

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Beautifully illustrated and designed, this gorgeous reference book explores the world of trees from every perspective--from the world's great forests to the lifespan of a single leaf. Arresting color photographs of a wide variety of trees and close-ups of many of their remarkable features provide an enormous amount of information in a highly accessible format. The volume illustrates how trees grow and function, looks at their astounding diversity and adaptations, documents the key role they play in ecosystems, and explores the multitude of uses to which we put trees--from timber and pharmaceuticals to shade and shelter. A highly absorbing read cover to cover or dipped into at random, Trees: A Visual Guide delves into many specific topics: the details of flowers, bark, and roots; profiles of favorite trees; how animals and insects interact with trees; trees in urban landscapes; the role trees play in our changing climate; deforestation and reforestation; and much more. With clear diagrams, illustrations, and intriguing sidebars on many featured topics, this unique volume is a complete visual guide to the magnificence of the arboreal world.

About the Author

Tony Rodd is a horticultural botanist with a strong interest in trees. Starting as a forestry student then working in a wood structure laboratory, he switched to botany and was the first Horticultural Botanist at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, overseeing the living collections. For the past 25 years he has been a botanical consultant. Jennifer Stackhouse is a horticulturist and garden writer who lives in Sydney, Australia. She is editor of Gardening Australia and contributes garden articles to newspapers and magazines. Her interest in social history, art, and garden history has led to a career in plants, gardens, and landscape design.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520256507
ISBN-10: 0520256506
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2008
Pages: 304
Language: English