This superbly illustrated book is a comprehensive identification reference to over 500 of the most important and best-known trees of Britan and Europe. It presents all the key indigenous and imported species such as such as oaks, yews, junipers, larches, spruces, magnolias, elms, beeches, chestnuts, birches, alders, limes, hornbeams, poplars and willows. It can be used as a field guide or an educational tool to learn about how trees grow, the environments they grow in, and the species and varieties that proliferate in different areas of this varied continent.
A detailed introduction looks at the origins of trees, how they have evolved over time and the ways in which they have adapted to suit the variety of terrains in which they thrive. Each of a tree's constituent parts - bark, trunk, leaves, needles, cones, flowers, and fruit - is looked at in detail and the author discusses the role each plays in the tree's survival. The variety of habitats in which trees proliferate, from temperate forests to mountainous regions, are also described.
The book then presents an extensive illustrated encyclopedia of the most common, popular, prolific or unusual trees found in Britain and Europe. Each entry is illustrated with a clear watercolour artwork and includes details such as bark texture and colour, leaf shape and size, flowering time and special features, as well as average height and overall tree shape, so that trees can be easily identified. In addition, there are colour photographic details of many of the trees, and maps illustrate the natural distribution of each one.
With over 1750 colour photographs, artworks, illustrations and maps, this encyclopedic resourcebook is perfect for home or school study.
Tony Russell went to Newton Rigg, Cumbria to study forestry and horticulture and after qualifying in 1983 he took up post as Forester for the New Forest in Hampshire. From 1989 to 2002 he was Head Forester of Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, one of the finest collections of tree and shrubs in the temperate world. Widely recognised as one of Britain’s leading authorities on trees and shrubs, he is a familiar face (and voice) on TV and radio, presenting programmes such as The Cotswold Garden Trail,Roots and Shoots, Britain’s Great Trees, Plant Invaders, Garden Trail, Forests of Southern England and Inspiring Trees, and is a contributor to Gardener's Question Time on BBC Radio 4. He has written for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, The Garden, Country Life and Country Gardener Magazine.
Tony runs a thriving consultancy which looks both at promoting British gardens and helping landowners manage trees, forests and woodland. He is Horticultural Director of the La Chaire Sub-tropical Gardens Restoration Project in Jersey, and also sits on the Board of Trustees for Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire.