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Posted April 22, 2015 at 11:28 am

Greets you heads of cones,

Can anyone recommend books on conifers to buy? There are so many but maybe some of you ladies and germs can provide me with ones you find to be good….something like the Vertree’s of Pines?

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Posted April 22, 2015 at 6:13 pm

There’s the RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers – it’s a two-volume set with gorgeous photos. Ron Elardo, the ConiferQuarterly Editor, has them for sale at some kind of a discount. It isn’t perfect but it is a great resource and I wouldn’t be without it. Adrian Bloom’s ‘Gardening with Conifers’ is the book that got me interested in conifers in the first place – more about using them in the garden than a reference book. Then there are the species books: Eckenwalder’s Conifers of the World and Debreczy/Racz’s Conifers Around the World. My favorite book about conifers is Conifers of California by Lanner but not sure that that would fit the bill for you!

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Posted April 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

I think a great book for those of us in the Southeast is “Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo: For the Southeast” by Tom Cox and John Ruter, both of whom are quite active in the ACS. It was published in 2013, so it contains many of the more recent cultivars we see talked about these days. Tom and John are usually quite precise about what zones a plant will grow in, and it’s all based on their personal experience, not a second-hand source. I have used the book to significantly augment my conifer collection.

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Posted April 23, 2015 at 11:33 am

Great point, Dean! I tend to forget about that one out here with our bone-dry summer air and cool nights. I have a different set of issues to contend with! (I am threatening to join a Tsuga support group: every time I think of buying another Tsuga I can get them to talk me out of it!

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Posted April 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

If you’re looking for a book on cultivars, another fabulous option to be considered is Bob Fincham’s book “Small Conifers for Small Garderns”, which is available at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Small-Conifers-Gardens-Robert-Fincham/dp/0983735409/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430398544&sr=8-1&keywords=small+conifers+for+small+gardens
Obviously it’s not all inclusive but it is, IMO, one of the very books out there for the home gardener as it highlights many of the most important conifers that can fit in most gardens with historical information (when, where found) and cultural information.

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Posted April 30, 2015 at 3:14 pm

thank you for the replies, even Barnes & Noble didn’t have anything in stock! sheesh

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Posted August 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm

Is there a recommended book regarding the pruning of conifers? Thanks

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Posted August 20, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Hi Joe,
Niwaki, Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way by Jake Hobson is a very good resource.
click here for the book I’m talking about

Of course nothing beats hanging out with Bonsai artists and aesthetic pruners. If you’ve signed up for next month’s national meeting, you’ll have a chance to see the art first hand.

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Posted October 12, 2016 at 3:03 am

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Posted October 22, 2016 at 1:47 am

‘Tree’by David Suzuki and Wayne Grady.Check your used book store…not currently in print.Inspirational biopoetry.

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