paper, 352 pp., $49.95
The contributors to the text of this book challenge the traditional methods of pruning fruit trees. French fruit tree specialists examine in-depth the natural growth pattern of 15 types of fruiting trees and vines, as well as the long-established methods for their installation and maintenance. They offer new guidelines in plant care in order to increase fruit production. The plants included in this survey are the following species: almond, apple, apricot, cherry, chestnut, fig, table grape, hazelnut, kiwi, olive, peach, pear, plum, quince, and walnut. The well-illustrated chapters contain information on classification, worldwide production, physiological limitations, the architecture of a plant and vegetative development, and general management practices.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden