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Timber Press Pocket Guide to Japanese Maples

By Peter Gregory and J. D. Vertrees

So tempting that I had not gone halfway through the book before ... I was entertaining thoughts of ripping out the grass on the entire south hillside and putting in a maple-display garden instead.

Washington Gardener

The Timber Press Pocket Guide to Japanese Maples describes and illustrates 300 of the most widely available Japanese maples in North America and Europe. Along with basic information on cultivation and maintenance, it provides lists of trees for specific landscape uses, enabling gardeners to select the best trees for various garden conditions. Fifty newer cultivars are presented, including four outstanding trees that are expected to become very popular in the near future. The guide is a valuable complement to the 3rd edition of J. D. Vertrees' Japanese Maples (updated in 2001 by Peter Gregory). Its handy format makes it an ideal reference for taking to the nursery or garden center.

Media reviews

"Along with lists organized by landscape purpose (spring color, winter bark); location (full sun, partial shade); and size (bonsai to towering), this essential reference guide also presents tantalizing information about 50 new cultivars."

—Carol Haggas, Booklist

"Peter Gregory's update of J.D. Vertrees' classic guide provides ample information about these trees so beloved for the color, texture and interest they can bring to small and partly shaded gardens."

—Beth Botts, Philadelphia Inquirer

"A handy size and format makes this book perfect to take along to the nursery or garden center for quick reference and guidance."

—Lynette Walther, Camden Herald

"So tempting that I had not gone halfway through the book before ... I was entertaining thoughts of ripping out the grass on the entire south hillside and putting in a maple-display garden instead. ... I do very much recommend this book."

—Jim Dronenburg, Washington Gardener

"This book will be an invaluable asset to any landscape designer — or to any gardener who's a fan of Japanese maples."

—Jane Berger, Garden Design Online

About the authors

Peter Gregory

Peter Gregory, retired manager of the world-famous Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, England, has researched maples and other trees for more than 40 years. He has continued his studies of maples since his retirement, becoming Chairman of the international Maple Society and Editor of the Society's quarterly journal. He is recognized internationally as one of the leading authorities in all aspects of maples.

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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.

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