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Encyclopedia of Conifers
Encyclopedia of Conifers

Encyclopedia of Conifers

A Comprehensive Guide to Cultivars and Species


1507 Pages, 10.25 x 13

Cloth, $269.00 (US $269.00) (CA $323.00)

Publication Date: November 2013

ISBN 9781907057151

Rights: WOR

Kingsblue Publishing Limited (Nov 2013)

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Covering all recognized conifer cultivars and species, both hardy and tropical, the two volumes of this extensive and lavishly illustrated book feature names, synonyms, and brief descriptions—as well as information about height and spread after 10 years, where known—for more than 8,000 cultivars and all of the world’s 615 conifer species, plus their subspecies and varieties. The descriptive text is complemented by thousands of color photographs taken specifically for this encyclopedia. The species descriptions follow the most recent botanical classification, with reference to the Royal Horticultural Society International Conifer Register and Checklist, including as-of-yet unpublished data.


"Unquestionably this is the magnum opus of all books ever written on conifer cultivars. No other work comes close!" —Conifer Quarterly

"There has been nothing like it in scope before and it is difficult to imagine such a work ever being produced again." —John Grimshaw, botanist and author, The Gardener's Atlas

"The wealth of detail and information is truly astonishing. The authors are to be commended on their efforts and I would advise all serious gardeners and landscapers to get a copy; it will be well worth it." —Chris Reynold, curator, Bedgebury National Pinetum

"I'm awestruck. This is a most extraordinary book. And having myself edited an encyclopedia that ran to half a million words and 1500 pictures – I can tell you that just putting this book together so beautifully and getting it out at all is an amazing achievement. Then, as soon as you open it, you see how valuable this book is." —Graham Rice,

"This monumental yet attractive work is a must, not only for conifer enthusiasts, but for horticultural and botanical institutions everywhere. It will undoubtedly influence and inform gardeners, collectors, designers, researchers, and writers for decades to come." —Graham Rice, The American Gardener

"Both home gardeners who value the scientifically accurate and detailed as well as horticultural professionals would truly benefit from this up-to-date and comprehensive labor of love, which will be worth acquiring." —Susan E. Brazer, Library Journal

Author Biography

Aris G. Auders is a conifer collector, a photographer, a writer, and a garden designer. He has one of the largest collections of conifer cultivars in Europe. Derek P. Spicer is a founding member and the chairman of the British Conifer Society. He is also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Woody Plant Committee and the RHS Advisory Subcommittee on Conifer Registration. He has been collecting and propagating conifer species and cultivars on his wholesale conifer nursery since the late 1960s.