cloth, 484 p., $69.95
If you are in a tropical area and are not able to identify the surrounding trees, the answer can easily be found in Timber Press' new comprehensive reference encyclopedia, Tropical and Subtropical Trees by Margaret Barwick.
In a carefully produced book, Barwick, a native of New Zealand, has spent more than 45 years as a hands–on gardener and landscape designer in tropical areas, and has written a volume containing an A to Z catalog of trees, including cultural information, with 1,981 close up photographs, mostly taken by herself. Each page consists of a picture of the tree, its leaves, flowers and fruit or seed. Details of growth habit, propagation, economic use, light and shade requirements, ornamental value, and rate of growth accompany it. Barwick also includes interesting anecdotes about edible fruits, poisonous plants, superstitions, and religious uses as well as agricultural and medicinal applications for each plant pictured.
The author has included a glossary, a short text on botany, taxonomy, and a key to tree identification. There are also lists for every type of usage, making the book valuable for interested gardeners, world travelers, and plant professional alike. This is an easy to read, valuable, reference work.
— Adele Kleine, Volunteer, Master Gardener, and contributing writer for Chicagoland Gardener magazine