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New Trees: Recent Introductions to Cultivation

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Every now and again, a really important book comes along that needs to be on the library shelf of anyone serious about trees. So it is with New Trees, a tome commissioned by the International Dendrology Society, researched and written by John Grimshaw and Ross Bayton. For five years, this team combed through private and public collections and horticultural records in Europe and North America, with a goal of documenting the tree species new to cultivation within the last five decades.

Nearly twenty-five years ago, I added a complete set of Bean’s classic Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles (four volumes and a supplement) to my library. Bean’s mammoth work remains one of my most frequently referenced resources. Add Krüssmann’s Manual of Cultivated Broad-Leaved Trees and Shrubs, and it seemed that a plantsman’s library would be complete.

That’s all well and good, assuming the inventory of hardy plants had been fully accounted for during the golden age of plant exploration. Yet, even in my relative youth as a plantsman, I recognized numerous and glaring holes within these remarkable banks of data. That New Trees has a full 850 entries, with brief mention of many more, und...

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