The Glory of the Tree
An Illustrated HistoryBook - 2014
Describes 90 species of tree that 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. 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. Ninety trees native to regions around the world, including: Antiquity: Ginkgo, Magnolia, Giant sequoia, Liquidamber, Quaking aspen, Tabaquillo. Ecology: Birch, Red maple, Mangrove, Longleaf pine, Eucalyptus, Black locust. Sacred: Monkey puzzle, Camphor, American elm (the "Liberty Tree"), Banyan, Cedar of Lebanon. Utility: Sycamore, Cork oak, Sugar maple, Ebony, Rubber, Calabash. Food: Toddy palm, Date palm, Pecan, Mango, Clove, Indian Jujube. 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 and what makes it unique? Do we know that dinosaurs grazed on magnolia blossoms? Or that male black mulberry flowers eject pollen at 350 miles per hour -- half the speed of sound, the fastest movement in the plant kingdom? The Glory of the Tree reveals all this and much more, in full color. It is for all who appreciate the beauty of nature.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., ©2014
Branch Call Number: 582.16 KIN 2014
Characteristics: 288 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm