Christina Harrison and Tony Kirkham
More than 60,000 species of trees are found in an amazing variety of forms, sizes and habitats. Every tree has its own story and here are over 60, selected for their particular resonance and connection with humankind and representing most of the world's major zones and ecologies. In portraits that combine vivid cultural and historical narrative with a firm scientific grounding, the authors reveal the details of trees from around the world, both familiar and strange. We use timbers for building and creating, have discovered which tree fruits and seeds taste delicious, and which can kill or cure us, and which species can add colour and spirituality to our lives - from the timber of mahogany to the delights of chocolate and pomegranate, from the medicinal tea tree to the deadly manchineel, and from fragrant frankincense to the highly prized dragon's blood tree.
Artists and botanists alike have been inspired by trees for centuries, and a varied and beautiful range of images from the unrivalled archive at Kew illustrate the stories, to create this enlightening and enchanting book.
'To discover so many intriguing things about trees from around the world is truly wonderful. This beautifully illustrated book reveals just how much these useful, fascinating, dangerous yet beautiful living beings really contribute to our lives.' - Dame Judi Dench
About the Authors:
Christina Harrison is the editor of Kew Magazine. She trained as a biologist and botanist, and her books include Bizarre Botany.
Tony Kirkham is Head of the Arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. A worldrenowned tree expert, he has appeared on television and is the author of several books on horticulture including, as co-author, Wilson's China: A Century On.
Dimensions: H 25.4cm x W 19.6cm x D 3.2cm
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication Date: 2019
Number of Pages: 256