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Dr. Michael Avishai, a leading oak expert, botanist, and...
Ori Fragman-Sapir | Feb 08, 2019
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The Huntington, in San Marino, CA, obtained a grant from...
Website Editor | Feb 08, 2019
It may surprise you to learn that we are not the first Oak...
Shaun Haddock | Dec 15, 2018

Plant Focus

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Quercus douglasii is an endemic California oak tree, affectionately called “the blue oak” due to its distinctive blueish-green leaf color....

Book Reviews

Giant German Oaks

Our German speaking members will be interested to learn that a new book on giant oaks in Germany was published in September 2017: Riesige Eichen: Baumpersönlichkeiten und ihre Geschichten (Giant Oaks: Tree personalities and their stories). 

Book Review: Ancient Oaks in the English Landscape

There are more ancient oaks in England than in all of continental Europe. How is that possible? One would expect to find the reasons in aspects of climate or soil, but Aljos Farjon has come up with a different answer: it is humans and in particular privileged hunters, rather than the environment, that are responsible.

Catalogue of a Life's Work

The Hackfalls Arboretum Catalogue documents an outstanding achievement. New Zealand farmer, dendrologist, and IOS member Bob Berry has amassed a collection of over 3,000 taxa at the homestead of his family farm in Tiniroto, near Gisborne, and now has published his database, including many photos of trees and close-ups of leaves.

Flora of Puebla

The Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla has published the Flora del Estado de Puebla, México.

Plants, People, and Passion at Hillier's

This book is a thorough account of the 150-year tradition of Hillier’s and treats readers to the people, the places, and the plants that gave rise to this great nursery and gardens known throughout the world and shows that such success only comes through hard work, perseverance, and a love for what you are doing.  

More of a Thesaurus than Anything Else...

Oak by Peter Young: the second volume of a series intended to integrate horticultural and botanical writing with a broader account of the cultural and social impact of trees, plants, and flowers. 

Jack Phillips' The Bur Oak Manifesto

Aubrey Streit Krug's review of IOS member Jack Phillips' book.

A few reference works on oaks

A good summary of reference works on the genus Quercus initially published in Oak News & Notes, Volume 15, #1, winter 2011.

Native Trees for North American Landscapes

Many common native trees are just as beautiful as cultivated exotics. Since they have evolved with local conditions and are well adapted to their climate, they often require less maintenance and won't escape to invade a balanced ecosystem.

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