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Greer's Guidebook to Available Rhododendrons, Species and Hybrids

Greers GuidebookBy Harold E. Greer
3rd edition, published by Offshoot Publications, USA, 1996
$NZ69.95

Reviewed by Mike Oates

This 227 page book describes at least 750 Rhododendron species and hybrids with more than 450 being illustrated with colour photos. The book begins with a brief section on cultivation, propagation, pests and diseases, pruning and dead heading.

The main part of the book is an alphabetical dictionary with the name of the plant, approximate height at 10 years, hardiness, and a quality rating.

This quality rating is in three parts, out of five points for each part and covers the flower, the plant and its foliage, and the plants performance. Numbers go from 1 for the poorest to 5 for the best.

The plants flowering season is also given, plus, for the species, the country of origin and altitude.

New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture 1996 1(4): 23

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