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Flowering Trees of Florida

Mark Stebbins

Paperback $16.95 ISBN: 1-56164-173-1 Size: 6 x 9 144 Pages 130 color photos


If you can't get enough of majestic trees, brightly colored flowers, and anything that grows from the ground up, you'll love this guide to 74 outstanding tropical flowering trees that will grow in Florida's subtropical climate. From the huge canopy of red blossoms on Royal Poinciana, to the eye-dazzling yellow of Tree of Gold, the most breathtaking of Florida's flowering trees are represented within the pages of this full-color book.

Looking for beautiful trees that don't mind the cold of north Florida? Try Golden Rain Tree, Mimosa, or Crape Myrtle. Prefer easy-to-grow trees that aren't fussy about soil conditions or location? Golden Rain Tree, Mimosa, or Yellow Jacaranda are a good bet. Ambitious gardeners may want to talckle Scarlet Bean, Sacred Garlic Pear, or Lance Pod.

People wishing to add to their collections of horticultural books—take note! This book contains photos of species not found in any other major publication. Bombax rhodognaphalon, Bauhinia semla, Bauhinia refescens, and Jacaranda jasminoides are examples of species listed in obscure techincal journals without photos to do them justice. Written for both the sesoned arborist and the weekend gardener alike, this comprehensive hand book includes the Latin name and pronunciation as well as the common name for each each tree listed. You'll also find practical cultivation tips and advice on caring for the flowering trees in your neck of the woods, including information on soil conditions, pruning, watering, and feeding. Temperature trend charts, a zone map, a handy glossary, and a bibliography round out this complete guide to growing the most colorful, beautiful trees in the Sunshine State.

Mark Stebbins moved to Florida in 1978 to pursue a career in engineering after receiving a degree in photographic science from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He became interested in tropical plants and landscaping and acquainted himself with the work of the late Edwin Menninger, a pioneer in the introduction and propagation on exotic flowering trees. He has grown most of the trees in this book from seed and also has a small collection of timber trees from around the world. Weekend excursions to dozens of Florida's botanical parks have resulted in Stebbins' capturing the color and brilliance of these beautiful trees on film.

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