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An illustrated guide to maples
Le Hardÿ de Beaulieu, Antoine.
Uniform Title:
Guide illustré des érables. English
Publication Information:
Portland : Timber Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
464 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color maps ; 31 cm
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QK495.A17 L413 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Maples are an asset to any garden for their year-round ornamental qualities -- but which to choose? With an unprecedented depth of photographic detail, Antoine le Hardÿ de Beaulieu has compiled the definitive guide to the beauty of maples. Supplementing the concise and practical descriptions are 1200 gorgeous photos showing different aspects of each plant. Landscape architects, garden designers, plant enthusiasts, and home gardeners will find this photobook a delightful and invaluable tool for making informed decisions about choosing the right tree or shrub. No other reference offers more photos on this beloved and versatile group.

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Booklist Review

De Beaulieu describes 250 species and varieties of maple trees and shrubs, giving their height; the shape and color of their leaves, flowers, fruit, trunks, and branches; and the method of propagation. In an introduction, the author gives general information on their geographical distribution, bark, growth, and hardiness. Supplementing the text are 1,250 color photographs showing different aspects of each plant, and there are 32 black-and-white botanical drawings. For gardeners who may want to know: the Latin name for the maple genus is Acer (sharp, pointed), and the author tells us that paleobotanists have found traces of trees resembling our present-day maples dating back 70 million years. --George Cohen Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

This exquisite horticultural and gardening book is the largest illustrated reference on maples, one of the most popular of all woody plants, with a diversity of hardy varieties found in current cultivation throughout Europe. Many are native and widely grown in many parts of the US as well. The book is easy to use and provides a wealth of information on maples ranging from Acer aduminatum to A. zoeschense. Landscape designer De Beaulieu describes 250 species and varieties of maples, accompanied by 1,200 exceptional photographs by Timacheff, de Spoelberch, and van Hoey Smith. An informative introduction to the maples, taxonomy, and systematics precedes an expanded section with descriptions of the species, followed by a short chapter on maples in the landscape, a glossary, botanical drawings, discoverers and botanists, hardiness zone maps of Europe and the US, a political map of China, a listing of useful addresses, plant locations, an index of common names and synonyms, and a plant index. An excellent choice for readers interested in woody plants and landscaping and photography of plants; a must for academic libraries with extensive horticultural and gardening collections; and a very desirable addition to any library, especially those in zones where maples are abundantly used in the landscape. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. K. T. Settlemyer emeritus, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania