Native Plants of the Northeast

Native Plants of the Northeast

A Guide for Gardening & Conservation

Book - 2005
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Native Plants of the Northeast provides a foundation for the choice of native plants for different areas and climates—and a variety of sites in the garden—as well as for restoration of native plant habitats. This book is the most trustworthy single source for all who wish to cultivate native plants.

Baker & Taylor
Includes nearly 700 species of native trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, grasses, and wildflowers from the northeastern quarter of the U. S. and all of eastern Canada. Discusses restoration of native plant habitats and offers practical advice on cultivation and propagation in addition to descriptions, ranges, and hardiness information. An appendix recommends particular plants for difficult situations and for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. Original.

Blackwell North Amer
Written by Donald J. Leopold, expert in horticulture, botany, forestry, and ecology

No other single volume on native plants has such comprehensive horticultural coverage as Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation. Nearly seven hundred species of native trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, grasses, and wildflowers from the northeastern quarter of the United States and all of eastern Canada are included. Each plant description includes information about cultivation and propagation, ranges, and hardiness. An appendix recommends particular plants for difficult situations, as well as attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. 

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780881926736
Branch Call Number: 635.9517 LEOPO
Characteristics: 308 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm


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Mar 11, 2015

Although written for the northeastern US, the author includes range information for Canada. The book provides a short natural history of the forest types across North America, and species descriptions for native ferns, grasses, wildflowers, vines, shrubs, and trees. Each description includes: zone range, soils, light requirements, physical attributes, seed propagation, notes, and natural range. The notes are of particular value, providing more information about the value of the species and showcases the author’s knowledge and love of native plants. All the many photos are colour. The only quibble is that the tree and shrub photos are usually of the flowers or leaves and not of the plant as a whole. Highly recommended.

Sep 03, 2010

Very interesting. Gives me ideas of new plants to look for as I walk in the woods.


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Mar 11, 2015

[Note from Quercus macrocarpa species description] I think that bur oak is the largest, most majestic of all oaks in this region. It naturally occurs on floodplains, and is often the only tree in dry, mid-western prairies that frequently burn.

Mar 11, 2015

[Part of note from Tsuga canadensis species description] Also known as Canada hemlock. There is no more graceful looking tree any any age in eastern North America, and few better species for screens and hedges. But site selection for eastern hemlock needs careful consideration as it is not as tolerant of poor conditions as are many other conifers. Dozens of cultivars have been selected primarily for dwarf or pendulous forms.


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