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Book Review

Landscape Plants for Texas and Environs -

By Dr. Michael A. Arnold, Department of Horticulture,
Texas A&M University - illustrated by Amanda Faith Arnold

ho has not wished for more comprehensive information about the landscape plants we encounter here in Texas? . . . more than just a glib description and glossy color illustration combined with assurances that it will grow (and bloom) in every climate Zone from 3 to10?
Although the audience for this text was originally intended to be nurserymen, landscape professionals and students of Texas landscape plants, this book will be an excellent reference for Horticulture Specialists, Extension Agents, and serious Texas Master Gardeners. This work by Dr. Michael Arnold of the Horticulture faculty at Texas A&M University contains many black and white line drawings that delineate far better than photographs the distinguishing features of leaves, stems, blooms and fruit so that exact identifications may be made.

The main strengths of the book are the extended details about landscape plants: common names, cold hardiness, cultural requirements, habit of growth, pathological (pest) problems, and landscape utilization. The foliage, flowers and fruit characteristics, stem/bark assets, origin, various cultivars and close relatives are also described.

The reader will also find updated maps of plant hardiness zones and soil types as well as data on annual freeze days, first fall frost and last spring frost dates, rainfall patterns, and other useful information for planning ahead for a successful landscape. A brief description of plant families and how to decipher and name their common characteristics helps to build a scientific basis for the plant knowledge gained by referring to this book.

Landscape Plants for Texas and Environs, 2nd edition (ISBN 1-58874-153-2, 1088 pp.) was published in 2002 by Stipes Publishing L.L.C., Champaign, ILL. (

Reviewed by Cynthia W. Mueller


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