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Tropical & Subtropical Trees

A Worldwide Encyclopaedic Guide

Margaret Barwick, Anton van der Schans

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An exhaustive, lavishly illustrated A–Z encyclopaedic guide to trees from tropical and subtropical climates


This exhaustive, lavishly illustrated A-Z encylopaedic guide to tropical and subtropical trees is dstined to become a much-treasured, hard-used garden classic. Margaret Barwick describes trees by their specific attributes and profiles, such as colour, shape, texture, flowers, foliage, edible fruit, spice or timber, and those that have traditionally provided an essential element to their communities.

In addition to the 1,981 colour photographs of trees in the wild at the peak of their condition, and over two hundred tree silhouettes, there are eighty specially commissioned artworks of the morphology of leaves, flowers and fruit, as well as a collection of useful quick-reference checklists that will help gardeners, designers and planners to choose appropriate species for specific use and conditions.

Tropical & Subtropical Trees contains handy summary boxes for every species that cover details such as growth habits, light and shade requirements, tolerances, soil types, details of propagation and problems that may occur, resulting in an irresistible mix of images, descriptive captions and informed reference texts. Margaret Barwick presents her considerable knowledge of the trees’ natural habitat in a lively and accessible fashion, peppering her text with anecdotes and snippets of information on the trees’ agricultural or medicinal applications, and even their sacred or mystical associations.

Tropical & Subtropical Trees is an essential reference book for all enthusiastic gardeners, designers, professional landscapers and landscape architects, students of botany, arboriculturists and horticulturists, as well as the curious traveller with an interest in and passion for the tropical and subtropical.

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'Whether an amateur or professional gardener this book works as an excellent reference book sprinkled with interesting facts'
National Gardener

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 29.6 x 21.0 cm

Extent: 512 pp

Illustrations: 2305

Publication date: 4 October 2004

ISBN: 9780500511817

Contents List

1. How to Use this Book • 2. Explanation of Terms • 3. Abbreviations • 4. Colour Key 5. Plant Hardiness Zones • 6. The Origins of Trees • 7. Factors Affecting the Growth of Tropical &?Subtropical Trees • 8. Plant Classification • 9. How to Identify Trees • 10. A–Z?Listing • 11. Quick Reference Checklists • 12. Appendix/Glossary • 13. Bibliography/Index

About the Author

Margaret Barwick has spent more than forty-five years as a hands-on gardener and landscape designer in New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Malawi, USA, France, and the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, where she was involved in setting up their botanic gardens. She is also the co-author with Anton van der Schans of Tropical Flowering Vines.

Anton van der Schans is an Australian horticulturist.

List of Contributors

Jan Barwick Claudy, Larry M. Schokman, Bill Bryson