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‘To discover so many intriguing things about trees from around the world is truly wonderful. This beautifully illustrated book reveals just how much these useful, fascinating, dangerous yet beautiful living beings really contribute to our lives’ Dame Judi Dench

Overview

More than 60,000 species of trees are found in an amazing variety of forms, sizes and habitats. Every tree has its own story and here are over 60, selected for their particular resonance and connection with humankind and representing most of the world’s major zones and ecologies. In portraits that combine vivid cultural and historical narrative with a firm scientific grounding, the authors reveal the details of trees from around the world, both familiar and strange. We use timbers for building and creating, have discovered which tree fruits and seeds taste delicious, and which can kill or cure us, and which species can add colour and spirituality to our lives – from the timber of mahogany to the delights of chocolate and pomegranate, from the medicinal tea tree to the deadly manchineel, and from fragrant frankincense to the highly prized dragon’s blood tree.

Artists and botanists alike have been inspired by trees for centuries, and a varied and beautiful range of images from the unrivalled archive at Kew illustrate the stories, to create this enlightening and enchanting book.

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Reviews

'‘Exquisite … intricate and expressive illustrations bear witness to the magic of closely observing the natural world’'
The Lady

'‘This attractive book gently reminds us not only how useful and beautiful trees are but how fragile too’'
World of Interiors

Further Details

Specifications

Format: Hardback

Size: 24.6 x 18.6 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 3 October 2019

ISBN: 9780500021927

About the Author

Christina Harrison is the editor of Kew Magazine. She trained as an ecologist and botanical horticulturalist and has an MA in Garden History, for which she specialized in the trees at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Tony Kirkham is Head of the Arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. A world renowned tree expert, he is the author of several books on plant history including, as co-author, Wilson’s China: A Century On.