Ronald Lanner's Tree World

Giant sequoias in the Upper Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park. Photo by Larry Ulrich.

What the reviewers think --

" of the most engaging, authoritative, and beautifully designed tree books ever." (Scott Medbury, Pacific Horticulture)

"This is a perfect book. If you have any curiosity about California conifers, buy it." (Michael Barbour, Fremontia)

"Well-written and magnificently illustrated....This book should be read by all interested in California's fantastic forests." (Jane Villa-Lobos, Plant Talk)

" of the most exciting natural history books I have seen in years -- equally informative and visually pleasing." (David Lukas, California Wild)


It's Summer 2013, and Conifers of California has just had its fourth printing after fourteen years since publication. During this run, it has become recognized as the standard work on what are arguably the nation's most fascinating trees. Major revisions in this new printing include killing off the Baldcypress Family (Taxodiaceae) and folding the giant sequoia and coast redwood into the cypress family, removing gray pine from the list of California endemics based on historical observations, and recognizing the former typical variety of ponderosa pine as the Pacific variety. In addition Shasta red fir is viewed as a hybrid, thus not deserving of species, subspecies, or varietal status, and a new red fir variety, Critchfield red fir, is recognized in the southern Sierra Nevada. Other nomenclatural proposals are also discussed.

Cachuma Press, 1999. Winner of The Council on Botanical & Horticultural Libraries' "Special Mention Literature Award Recognizing a Significant Contribution to the Literature of Botany and Horticulture", 2001.
California is conifer country. It has more kinds of native cone-bearing trees than any other state in the Union.It is also home to many of our most spectacular conifer species and conifer-dominated habitats. In total, California harbors 52 conifers, including 18 of this country's 39 pines, 10 of its 11 cypresses, and 7 of its 9 firs. Two members of the related yew family (taxads) are also found in California. The next highest number of conifers is claimed by Oregon, which has 32.
Many of California's conifers can only be described by superlatives. Sugar pine--the world's largest pine; redwood--the world's tallest tree;giant sequoia--the world's most massive tree; Great Basin bristlecone pine--the world's longest-lived tree; and the list goes on. California has more conifers that depend on fire for their regeneration than any other state or any foreign nation.It has more pines whose seeds are dispersed by animals than any other state or nation except Mexico.
Such remarkable trees growing in such remarkable places surely deserve a book of their own. It is time for a fresh look at these trees.
(from the Preface)
Conifers of California is 7 X 9 1/​4 inches and has 274 pages. It is lavishly illustrated with about 135 stunning color photos by some of the West's best-known and most talented photographers; and with 54 striking watercolor botanical plates, mainly by the late Eugene Murman. The book has essays on all of the conifer species, five appendices including two identification keys, a four-page annotated bibliography, and a three-page index.
The hardback is now out of print. The paperback can be purchased at any bookstore on-or-off the net or from the publisher at $24.95.

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