Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast

Tom Cox and John M. Ruter

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"Landscape selection of conifers and their cultivars for the Southeastern U.S. is now made easier. This is a guide every conifer-seeking gardener and landscaper in the region will want to consult. "--Ronald W. Lance, author of Woody Plants of the Southeastern United States: A Winter Guide

"Bravo! We finally have a reference suitable for conifer enthusiasts in the southern United States that explores not just the common conifers found in nurseries and landscapes but also introduces a plethora of species and varieties rarely encountered in the South and deserving greater use. "--Dave Creech, Director, Stephen F. Austin Gardens

"A good guide to what conifers may be used in the home landscape and any requirements necessary for their success."--Don Howse, Porterhowse Farms

Conifers are among the most beautiful and versatile of all landscape plants, offering year-round variety of color, form, and texture. They remain underutilized in the South, in part because of the common misconception that they are not adaptable to the climate. Laying such claims to rest, this book introduces readers to conifers that grow successfully in southern landscapes.

Gardeners in the South traditionally have relied on the mass of spectacular spring blooms as the mainstay of their landscapes. However, with the addition of conifers or cultivars of the genus ginkgo, homeowners can enjoy twelve months of low maintenance color. Tom Cox and John Ruter present a variety of conifers that grow from Virginia to Florida to Texas. They provide tips on growing, pruning, preventing disease and pest problems, and on proper selection and cultivation requirements--all unique to the Southeast.

In short, this guide includes essential information about what to buy, where to plant it, and how to maintain it. It also offers advice on what to expect from mature conifers and ginkgo while suggesting genera and species that have proved adaptable and cultivars that have performed well in the southeastern United States. Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast is a compilation of years of research and horticulture experience that will aid anyone, whether novice or professional, in creating beautiful year-round landscapes.

Tom Cox, past president of the American Conifer Society, is the founder and owner of Cox Arboretum and Gardens in Canton, Georgia. John M. Ruter, Allan M. Armitage Endowed Professor of Horticulture at The University of Georgia, is a teacher, ornamental plant breeder, and has authored or coauthored over 400 publications and two books.

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Finalist, Georgia Author of the Year Awards - 2014

"A welcome and well researched reference…the single, most authoritative source of information on conifer adaptability for the southeast."
--Southern Gardening

"The authors’ expertise is evident in their collective experiences in growing, conducting plant trials, and evaluating environmental differences of these evergrees…with such a broad range of environments in the Southeast, this book should be on a “must have” list of gardeners."
--Chicago Botanic Garden

"A key guide covering all the basics on what to buy, where to plant, and how to tend it."
--The Midwest Book Review

"Details selection and care guidelines for areas ranging from Southeast Texas to Appalachian Virginia."
--Urban Ad Council Magazine

"Starts off with concise chapters on proper cultural practices and pests/diseases followed by extensive plant descriptions."
--Gardener's Books

“Filled with descriptions, cultural information and masses of interesting anecdotes about conifer species and cultivars”
--British Conifer Society Journal

“Consider this guide if you are interested in conifers, which are among the most beautiful and versatile of all landscape plants.”
--Michigan Gardener

Highly recommended for any person caring to enrich his garden with conifers as well as for botanic gardens and arboreta which will find safe advice for developing their collection.
--Bulletin of the Cupressus Conservation Project

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