This forthcomming RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers is a much needed complete reference book, covering all recognized conifer cultivars and species, both hardy and tropical.
The two volumes of this extensive and lavishly illustrated 1,500-page work features names, synonyms, and brief descriptions, as well as information about height and spread after 10 years, where known, for over 8,000 cultivars and all of the world’s 615 conifer species, plus their subspecies and varieties.
For the cultivars it also includes finder or originator, date and country of origin. The species descriptions follow the most recent botanical classification (Farjon, 2010) and cultivar information has been compiled with reference to the RHS International Conifer Register and Checklist, including as yet unpublished data.
Apart from the descriptive text, it is illustrated with more than 5,000 photographs, which have been taken especially for this encyclopedia.
There is unique appendix listing all the principle conifer collectors, nurseries, arboreta and individuals responsible for introducing new cultivars over the last three centuries. The book is designed to meet the needs of professionals as well as amateur gardeners. It continues the Royal Horticultural Society's commitment to make the best gardening information readily available to all.
Foreword to the RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers “...The authors are committed and knowledgeable conifer enthusiasts who have been supported by a wealth of international expertise and experience. Its coverage of conifers, both species and cultivars, hardy and tropical, is truly global. Covering all 615 species plus 8,000 cultivars demonstrates the ambitious and herculean task the publishing team set themselves when early discussions turned to action. It is of great credit to all concerned that the present work in two volumes is at last unveiled. It is claimed to be the most comprehensive account of its kind, which I do not doubt. Apart from its extensive descriptive text it is illustrated by a wealth of photographs, more than 5,000, which have been taken specially for this encyclopedia. As a conifer enthusiast of over 50 years standing, and an admirer of them in gardens and the wild, I welcome this account with open arms and a hastily arranged space, close to hand, on my favourite bookshelf. Its authors and their helpers have delivered a truly monumental account of a major group of woody plants which, in one form or another deserve to be grown in gardens large or small wherever life and hope for the future are cherished....”
Roy LancasterOBE VMH, author, broadcaster and member of RHS Woody Plant Committee