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The emphasis on Trees and their Bark is on the often unappreciated feature of tree bark. Using over 270 photos this book illustrates the wonderful range of colours and textures of bark on a selection of trees that grow in temperate climates. Many of these photos have been taken on travels in the USA, England, continental Europe, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand. The text is an informative blend of tree history, discovery, collections and uses, sprinkled with a little whimsy, fable, verse and some lesser-known anecdotes. In the last 50 years very little of a non-technical nature has been published on the subject of bark - this one takes a different approach and will appeal to all tree lovers.


It is a lovely work and I have to eat my eat words that may have suggested that reading about bark was akin to watching paint dry. I actually find it a more compelling book than 'Trees for the New Zealand Countryside' - bark is on the evidence here extraordinarily poetic, romantic even. The pictures are superb. It's a lovely book and I find it strangely comforting to own a copy.

Letter from a past Katherine Mansfield Scholar, University Writer in Residence and author.

Following on from the remarkably successful 'Trees for the New Zealand Countryside' the Hamilton based Mortimers now produce another exceptional offering. This is a nicely illustrated book about bark - a neglected side of our appreciation of trees, and the text contains a rich storehouse of fact and well-researched anecdotes making truly fascinating reading. The book is going to be around for a long time and will have readers far beyond our shores. Look no further for a Christmas present.

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  • Seller location: Levin, Manawatu, NZ

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