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THE GENUS BETULA

A TAXONOMIC REVISION OF BIRCHES

di ASHBURNER K. MCALLISTER H. A.
editore: KEW PUBLISHING (2016)
codice ISBN: 9781842461419
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Reprinted with corrections, 2016. Birches or Betula are among the most attractive and common trees in the landscape and in gardens. Unfortunately, naming even the common white-barked birches can be difficult and many wrongly named trees can be found in nurseries and arboreta. Many species are also known for their autumn colour, including a major contribution to the fall colour in eastern North America. This is the first monograph published on the genus Betula, the species of which have been notoriously difficult to identify. The work is based on a study of herbarium specimens and living material of almost all species, which has only recently become available. Accounts are given of all known birches found in Europe, Asia and North America, both white and brown barked, and a key for their identification. The extensive fossil record and recent molecular work are reviewed and, together with new data not previously published, used to provide information for a discussion of what can be deduced of the evolutionary relationships of the species and species groups. From the authors' experience of growing and propagating almost all species, accounts are given of the cultivation requirements and landscape use of Betula species. With chapters covering breeding, cultivation, conservation, morphology and species descriptions, this is an invaluable tool for arboriculturalists and professional and amateur gardeners. And the full colour paintings by Josephine Hague make this ideal for lovers of botanical art. Pagg. 300, cm 20x25, rilegato.