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Maples for gardens : a color encyclopedia
Gelderen, C. J. van (Cornelis Johannes), 1960-
Publication Information:
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, [1999]

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294 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
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SB413.M365 G45 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This photo gallery of the best maples for garden use is a complement both to Maples of the World and to J. D. Vertrees's Japanese Maples , since more than a third of the book is devoted to Acer palmatum, including many new and unusual cultivars. The photographs, taken in locations in seven countries, demonstrate the wonderful diversity of form, color, and size that makes maples so useful in gardens of every kind.

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Library Journal Review

This new encyclopedia is intended as a photographic companion volume to van Gelderen's Maples of the World (Timber, 1994), which provided detailed botanical and horticultural information for maples worldwide and included a 70-page bibliography. Maples for Gardens, however, stands perfectly well on its own as a reference for gardeners and horticulturists. The authors operate a large family nursery in Boskoop, Holland, that includes an extensive maple collection called the Aceretum. More than 80 species are illustrated and briefly described here, along with numerous subspecies, cultivars, and hybridsÄabout 500 different maples in all. The volume overflows with nearly 700 color photographs and includes three helpful appendixes: where to see maples in arboretums, gardens, and parks in the United States, Britain, and Europe; listings of maples by particular application, such as for parks and streets, large gardens, and small gardens as well as rare species for connoisseurs and varieties with attractive bark or exceptional fall color; and hardiness zone maps for Europe and North America. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.ÄWilliam H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The van Gelderens' book is designed as a photographic companion to Maples of the World, by D.M. van Gelderen, P.C. de Jong, and H.J. Oterdoom (CH, Jan'95), and together they represent an amazing and valuable achievement. True to its title, this is an encyclopedic treatment of more than 80 maple species, along with all of their horticulturally important varieties and cultivars, arranged alphabetically by botanical name and extensively illustrated with color photographs. The accompanying plant descriptions are short but detailed and include plant name, synonyms, habitat, leaves, flowers, fruits, distribution, information on who first described or introduced the plant, commonness in cultivation, garden attributes, and hardiness zones (North America and Europe). Not surprisingly, 45 percent of the encyclopedia is devoted to cultivars of one species, Acer palmatum, the Japanese maple. Most of the photographs are of leaves and should be helpful for identification purposes, but one might wish for more portraits of entire plants. The quality of the photography is generally excellent, although some plants were not captured at their best. An outstanding reference, highly recommended for horticulturists and others interested in landscape gardening. All levels. G. D. Dreyer; Connecticut College



Woods and Roots All maples are woody. The wood is hard and finely grained and has been used for making tools, toys, furniture, and musical instruments. Among a diversity of uses of maples by Native North Americans, wood of Acer glabrum (Rocky Mountain maple) was used to make snowshoes and tepee pegs; A. macrophyllum (big-leaf maple), canoe paddles; and A. saccharinum (silver maple), arrows. The root system is much branched, helping trees maintain their stability. Roots of most if not all maples develop a symbiotic relationship with particular fungi, forming structures called mycorrhizae. The fungi assist maples in the uptake of certain nutrients from the soil, such as phosphorus, potassium, and sulfur. Fertilizing a maple may reduce its mycorrhizal population. Fruits and Seeds Maple fruits are distinctively shaped and arranged in the form of paired nutlets, each with a wing. Such a fruit is called a samara. The nutlets may be small and an entire samara not longer than 5mm (3/16 inch), or quite large with samaras 50mm (2 inches) long. Some maples produce fruits abundantly but may not set viable seed. The phenomenon of producing fruits without fertilization is called parthenocarpy. The tendency to parthenocarpy varies depending on the species. An example of a strong tendency to parthenocarpy is provided by Acer griseum, paperbark maple. One may harvest buckets full of fruits but usually they are all sterile. In addition to the phenomenon of dioecism, discussed with "Flowers," some maples may produce male and female flowers on different branches of the same tree, which is called monoecism. Usually there is sufficient pollination in monoecious maples to produce a crop of viable seeds. Excerpted from Maples for Gardens: A Color Encyclopedia by C. J. van Gelderen, D. M. van Gelderen All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
The Magic of Maplesp. 9
Maples in Naturep. 11
Habitp. 12
Leavesp. 12
Flowersp. 13
Fruits and Seedsp. 13
Wood and Rootsp. 13
Classification of Maplesp. 15
Taxonomy of the Genus Acerp. 16
Hybridsp. 19
Cultivarsp. 19
Maples in the Gardenp. 23
Establishment and Maintenancep. 24
Pests and Diseasesp. 24
Hardinessp. 24
Propagationp. 25
The Maplesp. 27
About the Descriptionsp. 27
About the Photographsp. 28
Photographic Locationsp. 28
Appendix 1 Where to See Maplesp. 267
Appendix 2 Maples for Particular Purposesp. 269
Appendix 3 Hardiness Zone Mapsp. 273
Glossaryp. 275
For Further Information on Maplesp. 276
Index of Maples by Scientific Namep. 277
Index of Maples by Common or Cultivar Namep. 286