The great trees of the world in glorious color.
The Glory of the Tree describes 90 species of tree that
collectively span the millennia of evolution and cross the globe.
Organized into six categories -- Antiquity, Ecology, Sacred,
Utility, Food and Ornament -- the trees are presented in short
chapters that touch on botany, history, culture and more.
An inset box gives the basic characteristics of each tree:
family and species, brief description, natural origin, size,
potential age and climate. A stunning full-page photograph shows a
prime specimen of the tree.
The Glory of the Tree celebrates 90 trees native to
regions around the world, including these:
- Antiquity: Ginkgo, Magnolia, Giant sequoia, Liquidamber,
Quaking aspen, Tabaquillo
- Ecology: Birch, Red maple, Mangrove, Longleaf pine, Eucalyptus,
- Sacred: Monkey puzzle, Camphor, American elm (the "Liberty
Tree"), Banyan, Cedar of Lebanon
- Utility: Sycamore, Cork oak, Sugar maple, Ebony, Rubber,
- Food: Toddy palm, Date palm, Pecan, Mango, Clove, Indian
- Ornament: Lombardy poplar, Mimosa, Handkerchief tree, Japanese
Maple, Pagoda, Leyland cypress.
Beyond a glance, how much thought do we give any one tree? Do we
know the species'' history, what makes it unique, or even why we
should care? Do we know that dinosaurs grazed on magnolia blossoms?
That only after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was it
learned that North America''s "homegrown" apple, Malus domestica,
originated in the fruit forests of Russia? Or that male black
mulberry flowers eject pollen at 350 miles per hour -- half the
speed of sound, and the fastest movement in the plant kingdom?
The Glory of the Tree reveals all this and much more,
in full color. It is a choice selection for arborists, gardeners,
tree lovers (and huggers), and all who appreciate the beauty of