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Trees of the California Landscape

A Photographic Manual of Native and Ornamental Trees

Charles Hatch (Author), Phyllis M. Faber (Other)

Available worldwide

Hardcover, 542 pages
ISBN: 9780520251243
September 2007
$65.00, £48.95
From the iconic lone cypress on the Monterey coastline to the palm trees of Beverly Hills and the magnificent coastal redwoods, trees are a defining element of California's spectacular and exceptionally diverse landscape. This abundantly illustrated, beautifully produced, easy-to-use volume is a one-stop guide to California's trees. An essential resource for gardeners, homeowners, landscape design professionals, and anyone interested in the state's abundant flora, it provides a comprehensive photographic compendium of 107 native and 311 ornamental species. Trees of the California Landscape gives the what, how, and where of tree selection, planting, and design, paying particular attention to the need for improving sustainability and for increasing awareness of native habitats. It also features a valuable overview of the topography, geography, and climates that define California's unique landscape.

* More than 1,000 color illustrations include spectacular photographs, detailed drawings of specific features, and informative maps

* Each species is treated on a full page with an array of color illustrations and drawings

* Habitat ranges, water requirements, growth rates, mature sizes, suitability for specific landscapes, and more, are listed for each tree

* A fully illustrated section covers the basics of tree identification


Copub: Phyllis Faber
Charles R. Hatch, ASLA, is a Landscape Architect in California.
“Belongs right next to ‘The Sunset Western Garden Book’ in the core library of every California landscape architect, designer, horticulturist and nursery worker. Planners, builders and developers should also find it indispensable.”—Herbertia
“An exceptional reference book. . . . dispenses invaluable advice for cultivating trees in the urban and backyard landscape—and enhances our appreciation for the importance of nurturing the natural world while we can.”—Metro Newspapers
“Abundantly illustrated and [an] essential resource.”—Forecast
“Deserves a place in the library of anyone who has a love for trees.”—Daily Breeze
“Belongs in a serious gardener’s (or hiker’s) library.”—San Luis Obispo Tribune
"A valuable resource for both student and practitioner. The text and photos are clear, concise, and informative. A valuable addition to any library, the general public as well."—Kenneth S. Nakaba, FASLA, Professor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

"This is the treed landscape knowledge source, and the design and management tool we have all been hoping to see for decades. Bridging horticulture and design, it spans without judgment native specifics, introduced "near-native," and "not-so-near-native" trees. It provides the much asked-for design settings as well as the species characteristics in all their delight and imagery. This exhaustive treatise on California trees even sets the context for the big issues of climate, geomorphic, topographic and hydrologic effects, and how we design with trees so as to be true partners in the best future for California."—Joe Brown, Principal, EDAW, Inc.

"I find the concept for Chuck's book quite exciting and envision it will be used both by those involved with urban landscapes as well as those involved with restoration of native habitats. It is a well-researched compendium that will aid anyone who is interested in trees and their use in a wide variety of situations. The photographs in the book are an excellent aid in tree identifications and the single volume will reduce the need carry around multiple references for identification of both native as well as non-native trees. It is my hope that Chuck's book will stimulate greater use of California's drought tolerant native trees in landscape plantings because of their reduced water requirements and ecological compatibility with other native plants and animals."—Monty Knudsen, Assistant Project Leader, USDI Fish & Wildlife Service

"Trees of the California Landscape is a masterful combination of those native and non-Californian species that have importance in wildlands or the designed landscape or both. Each of the 468-plus pages is devoted to a single species, with photographs of the tree, the bark, and leafy branches accompanied by an amazingly efficient text that summarizes the natural distribution, key identification traits, tree architecture, longevity, and suitable habitats for planting, all in a very readable style. Charles Hatch has created an excellent reference for forest ecologists, landscape designers, horticulturalists, and restoration specialists—not only in California, but throughout the United States."—Michael G. Barbour, Professor of Plant Ecology, University of California, Davis

"This richly illustrated book provides a much needed resource for students, educators and practitioners."—Margarita M. Hill, Head, Landscape Architecture Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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