Neels Esterhuyse, Jutta von Breitenbach, Hermien Söhnge, Izak van der Merwe
Hardcover; 285 x 215 mm
approximately 85 000 words Images: over 200 photographs; line drawings
Natural History, Gardening
Where will you look for the biggest, tallest or most corpulent trees in South Africa, or trees that have witnessed major events in the country’s history? These interesting specimens, and many others, are found in parks, nature reserves, on farms, on town and city streets and in private gardens – some perhaps even right on the reader’s doorstep.
Remarkable Trees of South Africa
journeys into the fascinating world of trees. Written in an easy, anecdotal style, the authors relate, in text and photographs, the historical, cultural and economical significance of South Africa’s trees. Also included are accounts of the major tree families, as well as an overview of trees as monuments and in botanical gardens, parks and arboreta.
Now in its second edition, the text has been completely updated with additional information on Champion Trees and the authors’ selection of the Big Five Trees of South Africa. Presented as a coffee-table book with full-colour photographs throughout, anyone with an interest in history and nature, South African flora in particular, will find this book an essential.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
is a forestry scientist who has had a long association with the Department of Forestry and Water Affairs. His in-depth knowledge of trees and passion for their preservation has resulted in the writing of this book.
The late Jutta von Breitenbach
was a respected figure in South African botanical circles. She was Chief Secretary of the Dendrology Society.
interest in trees results from her involvement with forestry publications as a communications officer with the Department of Forestry and Water Affairs.
Izak van der Merwe
is a forestry scientist with the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. He is the coordinator of the Champion Tree Project and a member of the Dendrological Society where he serves on the Central Committee, being responsible for the Big Tree Register.