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Japanese flowering cherries
Kuitert, Wybe.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 1999.
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395 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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SB413.C5 K85 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Illustrated throughout with photographs of cherries in flower, and rare period artwork from the author''s personal collection and other sources, this volume is a practical handbook for selecting and growing these beguiling trees.'

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Kuitert and Peterse offer a comprehensive overview of Japanese cherries, covering natural history, cultural influences, propagation, cultivation, and classification of wild and garden types. They review the natural and cultural history of Japan's flowering cherries, with much discussion of how these trees have played an important role in Japanese culture for centuries--from the beginning of recorded history through the Shogun, WW II, and present-day Japan. The authors stress that much of today's confusion with the naming of garden varieties resulted from the old feudal system in Japan; many of today's cultivars originated from a unique tree in only one garden. As a matter of politics and status, each owner wanted to claim a unique tree and thus the parentage was not recorded. The section on history is followed by a description of propagation and cultural practices, such as rootstocks, budding and grafting, control of hardiness, and growth requirements. Guide to observation and classification of cherries with descriptions of flowers, fruits, leaves, buds, twigs; classification key; details of individual wild or garden-type flowering cherries; appendix with metric system tables, both English and Japanese (phonetic and written) names for varieties, glossary, index of cherry names; beautiful line drawings and color photographs. All levels. B. Rowe; Michigan State University