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Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States, by Tony Dove and Ginger Woodridge.

March 16, 2018

Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States

Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States, by Tony Dove and Ginger Woodridge. Bunker Hill Studio Books,  2018.  Series: The Guide to Creating a Sustainable Landscape.

4 stars

A beautiful little book providing information and photographs about nine native trees and shrubs to consider for creating a sustainable landscape.

Two longtime master gardeners have combined to write a very practical guide to choosing and growing plants and shrubs native to the eastern United States.  Each plant is given a long entry with extensive coverage about many aspects of its growth and use.  The amount of sun, water, and ph is shown in a simple chart.  Photographs display what the plant is like in different seasons. Text provides an overview of what the plant looks like and where it might be used, along with its mature form and culture.  Guidance for successful growth is included. For each entry, companion plants and how a plant may be used by wildlife. A few recommended cultivated varieties are listed.

Guides for cultivating trees and shrubs are seldom as beautiful and seldom give as much useful information as this book does.  My only problem with the book is how few species are included.

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