TREES IN A WINTER LANDSCAPE by Alice Upham Smith
Holt Rinehardt Winston, 1969 First edition, 205pp., 1 1/4" X 10" Hardcover
In clear, concise text, Alice Upham Smith outlines the ways to distinguish trees in winter. Fine pen-and-ink drawings accompany the descriptions of each tree, and, following a related grouping, an illustrated spread compares twigs, buds, and other details of branch structure. By pin-pointing the unique qualities of the plants, the author shows how form and texture add beauty and distinction to the landscape. As a tree selection, Ms. Smith answers such pertinent questions as: will desired shade and light be provided in summer and winter?; how extensive will maintenance be?; what are a particular tree's growth patterns and rate of growth?; which species flourish better in a given climate?; will root growth interfere with surrounding plants and buildings?; will vegetation from certain species create problems?; and how does a particular tree affect and attract bird life? Combining scope of coverage, beauty of presentation, and the completeness of the author's expertise.