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The Reed Field Guide to
Exotic Trees
in New Zealand
Broadleaves and Conifers

Pam Salmon

THE late professor John Salmon's contribution to the knowledge and understanding of our natural heritage is inestimable. As a writer and broadcaster and professor emeritus in zoology at Victoria University, he was a pioneering conservationist who held office in all of New Zealand's main scientific societies.

His wife Pam, a botanist and zoologist in her own right, co-wrote two books with her husband on exotic trees in New Zealand. As she explains in a brief foreword, this field guide is an abridged version of these books. She points out that the field guide is restricted to more prevalent species of introduced trees - 120 in all. These are clearly arranged in their families and genera as well as by their common names, making this a no-nonsense, serviceable addition to garden-lovers' shelves.

The photographs - taken by John Salmon before his death - have been selected to illustrate each tree and give an accurate idea of their appearance.

Weekend Gardener, Issue 136, 2003, Page 36

Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH

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