A Wonderful Resource
Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs is the preeminent resource for woody ornamentals in the United States. A hefty 951 pages, it contains color photos, concise descriptions of habit, bloom times, fall color, winter interest and special considerations. This reference is a wonderland for a designer looking for just the right species for a project. Lists of plants by flower color, by bloom time, fragrance, fruit, fall color and winter interest, as well as shade tolerance and tolerance of salt, wet soils or dry soils make it quick and easy to use.
If looking for a wonderful gift for your master gardener or design professional, Dirr’s is a tremendous asset for the bookshelf.