cloth, 395 p., $39.95.
For many of us, spring begins only when delicate cherry blossoms fill our senses with their delicate hues. Kuitert and Peterse provide a wealth of detail in this excellent guide on these popular flowering trees. Five chapters take the reader on a rich explanation of cherries, from historical and political perspectives to botanical descriptions, all supplemented with plenty of color illustrations. The opening chapter describes the cultural and historic context of cherries, including their use as diplomatic vehicles. Chapters 2 and 3 provide an overview on observing, cultivating and propagating cherries; the last two chapters treat Japanese wild and garden cherries. An invaluable appendix provides cherry names in Japanese; other appendices include a glossary and an excellent bibliography. If you have the slightest interest in cherries, the wealth of information in this book will answer nearly all of your questions about these fascinating and beautiful trees.
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager of the Horticultural Resource Center, The School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.