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The Splendour of the Tree

The Splendour of the Tree

Noel Kingsbury

Trees are fundamental to life on Earth, to our landscapes - both natural and urban - and to our history

and culture. Many magnificent species of tree provide food, shelter or ornamentation for our streets

and gardens; all help to recycle the atmosphere. And where would we be without one of nature's most wonderful inventions: wood? The diversity of trees is part of their universal appeal and splendour. A tree may be home to a local god; it may be a provider of flowers for a wedding or a material for making rope; a source of a miracle drug or of genes for a new crop variety. Moreover, trees are large living things with their own energy, and this book offers unique insight into how humankind has evolved to incorporate them as an integral, essential part of our everyday lives.

Written by Dr. Noel Kingsbury - a world-class expert on plants and the environment - 'The Splendour

of the Tree' celebrates the wonder, mystery, beauty and utility of the tree. It pays homage to 100 key

species of tree - chosen for their cultural, economic or historical significance and their importance in the natural world - and includes an indispensable cultivation section that advises on the care and selection of trees for the home garden. The lively, original text analyses the particular characteristics of each tree and the specific role that it plays within the ecosystem and the human environment. Breathtaking, specially commissioned photography by Andrea Jones - one of the world's foremost garden photographers - skilfully captures the nuances of every featured tree. From exquisite close-up detail shots to images of impeccable orchards in bloom, her photographs are both beautiful and informative. 228 pages.

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