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Tree Ferns

By Mark F. Large and John E. Braggins

Tree ferns in the landscape command the attention of both devoted gardeners and casual passersby. Their stately form resembles that of the palm tree and evokes a feeling of the quintessentially exotic. This volume is the source for information on the living tree ferns. It surveys families, genera, and species, including those suitable for the home garden. It offers up-to-date taxonomy and detailed descriptions as well as in-depth coverage of everything from tree fern use to conservation. In recognition of the horticultural importance of tree ferns, the authors provide extensive cultivation information, including propagation, and diseases and pests.

Media reviews

"This book contains all the technical information a plant scientist might want, combined with cultivation and conservation notes of great utility to professional growers, hobbyists, and conservationists alike."

—G. D. Dreyer, Choice


—John Bagnasco, Garden Compass

"All in all, this is an extremely well-orchestrated book and the authors have succeeded in providing a valuable product to better understand this unusual member of the plant community."

—James H. Flynn Jr., American Reference Books Annual

"This book is recommended for any horticultural or academic library."

—Karin J. Shank, E-Streams

"Species are beautifully displayed in the many color photographs provided in the book."

—Barney Lipscomb, Sida, Contributions to Botany

"Up-to-date ... information on use, cultivation and conservation."

Plant Talk

"With this book I no longer have any excuse in not knowing all that one needs to know about tree ferns ... It is a book all landscape architects and garden designers should have, as well as all gardeners who wish to grow these great plants."

—John E. Bryan, Gardening Newsletter

"This book is the source of information on tree ferns."

—Clear Englebert, FungShway.com

"This informative and very useful book is the only one that covers the subject of tree ferns and is highly recommended for botanists, gardeners, and others interested in ferns."

—John Mickel, Brittonia

"Tree Ferns was not intended to be an identification manual. Its primary purpose is to stimulate interest, expand our knowledge, and bring us up to date on important findings about these elegant plants; for this, the authors are to be commended."

—Barbara Joe Hoshizaki, Pacific Horticulture


San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles

"A very pleasing book which will entrance serious undergraduate botanists and which belongs in college and university libraries, as well as the library of any pteridologist and of any gardener in warmer parts of North America."

—Douglas Darnowski, Plant Science Bulletin

"Represents the first dedicated treatment of these fantastic plants."

—Greg Asbagh, Let's Talk Plants

"Even if he or she never intends to grow a tree fern, this book is an attractive and reasonably priced addition to the fern enthusiast's book shelf."

—George Yatskievych, Fiddlehead Forum

"A wealth of information on these fascinating plants ... remarkable."

—Katherine Allen, Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Newsletter

"At last, an excellent book on tree ferns."

—Alistair Wardlaw, Hardy Fern Foundation Quarterly

"The only comprehensive book on the subject."

Scoop Media

About the authors

Mark F. Large

Mark F. Large's interest in fern evolution and paleobotany spans 20 years. He has authored many fern publications and acted as a botanical consultant for the popular television series Walking with Dinosaurs. He is an associate professor of botany and heads the School of Landscape and Plant Science at UNITEC Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

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John E. Braggins

John E. Braggins taught botany at the University of Auckland for more than 30 years before taking early retirement. Braggins has traveled widely through Asia, Africa, and the Pacific to study ferns. He has published more than 40 papers and is a freelance botanical consultant based in Auckland, New Zealand.

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