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J. D. Vertrees
J. D. Vertrees (1915–1993) was an entomologist, nurseryman, and educator who collected rare and unusual maples. At one time, his 1½-acre arboretum at Maplewood Nursery in Roseburg, Oregon, had the largest collection of Japanese maples in the United States.
He amassed an impressive list of awards during his lifetime, including a Citation for Horticulture Research from the American Horticultural Society, a Special Achievement Award from the Oregon Association of Nurserymen, and the 1980 Thomas Roland Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
In 1997, Japanese Maples was selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 75 Great American Garden Books.
Books by J. D. Vertrees
Japanese Maples: The Complete Guide to Selection and Cultivation (Fourth Edition) by J. D. Vertrees and Peter Gregory