398 pages, 300 colour photos
Wardle's Native Trees of New Zealand contains a wealth of information about all of New Zealand's trees, from the commonplace to the quirky. Every species is described – how they are related, where they grow, what other plants they grow with, and the means by which they reproduce.
John Wardle describes the variety of products, from timber to medicines, which have been used by both Maori and Europeans, and how some tree products might be of sustainable use to us in the future. Every species is further revealed in Ian Platt's hundreds of beautiful colour photographs.
The reader can use Wardle's Native Trees of New Zealand and their story to build up a comprehensive understanding of each species. Despite the potential complexity, John has used every-day language so that his knowledge can easily be picked up by any reader, be they well versed in ecology or just keen beginners wanting to learn the basics.
This is a book for anyone interested in New Zealand's native trees. The lavish photographs make it the sort of book which will conjure interest from the uninitiated. The text offers sufficient depth to be used as a scholarly reference for students, as a guide for active conservationists, or as a source of inspiration for the keen home gardener.
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