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This book is a partial reproduction of their previous book Betrock's Guide to Landscape Palms, but with all new photos and some updated information. Even though I supplied some of the photos of this book, it is no brag to say the photos in this book are some of the finest in any palm book available. The author has set aside plenty of room for the photos, which are at least half page of each palm listed, and are excellent reproductions. Every palm discussed has at least one photo of it.
The cultivational information has the usual east coast bent to it, but as the slight majority of people who grow palms live on the east coast, I suppose that's fair. However, it sure would be nice to have a book that includes palms grown in California, too. I think a book including palms that would grow in Hawaii would be too great an undertaking, and way too costly to publish, but still, would be great reading. It is a very thorough book in terms of giving a lot of information about each palm including it's most common problems, rate of growth, soil needs, propogation etc. There is also a description of related species that may not be covered individually on some of the pages.
There are several obvious photographic errors (as there always seem to be in palm books)... the Trachycarpus fortunei photo is actually of T martianus (which isn't hard to figure at as the very same photo is used correctly on the next page). And the photo of Caryota rumphiana is actually Caryota urens (I know as I took that photo).
But my major criticism of this book is it's just too incomplete in terms of species that are used in landscaping in the US. Again, it would be a difficult undertaking to produce such a book, that actually included almost ALL the species of palms used in landscaping, as the costs of all the photos might be prohibative.. still, there is definitely a need, and the need includes palms grown here in Southern California, not just Florida.