Maple Resources - Written

Books or other written material about Maples

  1. wcutler
    A set of resources for maple enthusiasts, with a few with relevance to trees in general.

    Please suggest other links or let me know if a link no longer works in the thread linked to by the Discussion tab.

    You can find links to online Maple resources at
    Maple Resources - Online

    You can find links to nurseries at
    Maples: Nurseries Specializing in Maples in North America
    and
    Maples: Nurseries Specializing in Maples Outside of North America

    The books below are listed alphabetically by title. They have been recommended by forum members, and there are no guarantees, but some have been noted as Recommended by the Maple Society.

    Bench Grafter's Handbook, The
    by Humphrey, Brian E. Published by CRC Press, 2019.

    This book was recommended by an expert in plant propagation in conversation with a forum member, see Grafting Japanese maples in California

    Link location The Bench Grafter's Handbook
    Submitted by JT1
    Date submitted 23 July 2019; last confirmed 25 July 2019

    Book for Maples: wild maples of Japan maple cultivars
    By Yano, Masayoshi, Japan Maple Publishing Group, 2003
    This was recommended as an important book. Another forum member wrote a short review: Maples Reference Books

    Link location Book for maples
    Submitted by emery
    Submitted date 3 Jul 2019; last confirmed 25 July 2019

    Gardeners Guide to Growing Maples, The
    By Harris, James GS, David & Charles, 2003
    Good overview of the genus, as well as growing advice that is very pertinent to northern European and North-Western US climates. Nicely illustrated.

    Mr. Harris is owner of the well known Mallet Court nursery and has made several important species introductions.

    Link location The Gardener's Guide to Growing Maples
    Submitted by emery
    Submitted date 3 Jul 2019; last confirmed 25 July 2019

    Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs, The
    by Hillier, John G., James Armitage, Richard Sanford. Published by Royal Horticultural Society, 2014

    Link location The Hillier Manual of Trees & Shrubs
    Submitted by emery
    Submitted date 26 Jul 2019; last confirmed 26 July 2019

    Illustrated Guide to Japanese Maples, An
    By Kenney, Neil, Published by Larchfield Trees, 2015

    Link location Show Dates for 2019
    Submitted by emery
    Submitted date 3 Jul 2019; last confirmed 25 July 2019

    Illustrated Guide to Maples, An Recommended

    By Le Hardy de Beaulieu, Antoine. Published by Timber Press, 2003 (no longer available from Timber Press)
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Pages: 464pp.
    • Book dimensions: 8 x 11½ in. (290 x 205 mm.)
    • Images: 1200 color photos
    • ISBN-10: 0881926019
    • ISBN-13: 9780881926019
    Recommended as a pleasure to use - has great photos over illustrations with easy access to straight forward information vs over-loaded jargon.
    Awards for this book: Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book. Cover photos are included in this forum posting: Identification: - maple ID

    Link location https://www.amazon.ca/Illustrated-Guide-Maples-Antoine-Beaulieu/dp/0881926019
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 17 Jun 2017; last confirmed 5 Jun 2018

    Japanese Maples: The Complete Guide to Selection and Cultivation, 4th edition Recommended
    By Vertrees, J.D. and Gregory, Peter; published by Timber Press, Portland, OR, 2010; 404 pages.
    This book was recommended as one of the most complete guides to Japanese maples, in an article by By Brian Minter in the Vancouver Sun on November 4, 2017 (page C2). Cited here is the fourth edition with 600 plants, offering detailed descriptions of over 150 new introductions, updates to plant nomenclature, and new insights into established favorites.

    Link location Japanese Maples: The Complete Guide to Selection and Cultivation
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 18 Nov 2017; last confirmed 18 Nov 2017

    Maples for Gardens Recommended
    By van Gelderen, CJ & DM van Gelderen, Timber Press 1999
    This is the photographic companion volume to "Maples of the World", a representative survey of maple species and cultivars compiled in encyclopedia form. With photographs from over 30 arboretums, gardens and nurseries, it is certainly one of the most useful practical guides for the gardener, providing both zone and size information.

    Link location Maples for Gardens
    Submitted by emery
    Submitted date 3 Jul 2019; last confirmed 25 July 2019

    Maples of the World Recommended
    By D. M. van Gelderen, P. C. de Jong, and H. J. Oterdoom; published by Timber Press (no longer available from them), 2010 in paper
    • Format: Paperback
    • Pages: 516 pp.
    • Book dimensions: 8.25 x 11 in. (280 x 210 mm.)
    • Images: 212 b/w photos, 148 line drawings, 2 maps
    • ISBN-10: 160469209X
    • ISBN-13: 9781604692099
    Every known maple is described, including growth habit, distribution, hardiness, and autumn color, as well as useful information on culture, propagation, and pests and diseases.

    Link location Maples of the World by P. C. De Jong and H. J. Oterdoom and D. M. Van Gelderen
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 17 Jun 2017; last confirmed 5 Jun 2018

    New Trees: Recent Introductions to Cultivation
    By Grimshaw, John and Ross Bayton. Published by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2009.
    Commissioned and produced by the International Dendrology Society, this major reference work covers species grown in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America, with horticultural notes from a network of growers and enthusiasts backed up by recent scientific studies

    Link location New Trees
    Submitted by emery

    Submitted date 26 Jul 2019; last confirmed 26 July 2019

    Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation, The, 2nd edition
    by Dirr, Michael A. and Charles W. Heuser, Jr. Published by Timber Press, 2006.
    Compiled by two distinguished professors of horticulture, The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation is a must for professionals and students of horticulture. Over 1,100 species and their propagation requirements by seeds, cuttings, grafting and budding, and tissue culture are discussed in exhaustive detail.

    Link location Workman Publishing
    Submitted by emery

    Submitted date 26 Jul 2019; last confirmed 26 July 2019

    Timber Press Pocket Guide to Japanese Maples
    By Vertrees, J.D. and Gregory, Peter; published by Timber Press, 2007.
    The Timber Press Pocket Guide to Japanese Maples describes and illustrates 300 of the most widely available Japanese maples in North America and Europe. Along with basic information on cultivation and maintenance, it provides lists of trees for specific landscape uses. Its handy format makes it an ideal reference for taking to the nursery or garden center.

    Link location https://www.amazon.com/Timber-Pocket-Japanese-Maples-Guides/dp/0881927996

    Submitted by richardbeasley@comcast.net

    Submitted date 07 Octl 2007; last confirmed 26 July 2019

    Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles. 8th edition
    By Bean, W.J. Published by J. Murray, London; 5-volume set published in 1989.

    Link location Trees and Shrubs Hardy In the British Isles by Bean, W J
    Submitted by emery

    Submitted date 26 Jul 2019; last confirmed 26 July 2019

    Trees in Britain, Europe and North America
    By Phillips, Roger and Sheila Grant, Pan Books, 1978
    A complete book for collector trees ;many photos of the leaves in spring and autum ,bark,and seed or fruits ; 40 acer and another 400!!! trees descriptions

    Link location Trees in Britain, Europe and North America
    Submitted by alex66 and emery

    Submitted date 05 Feb 2007; last recommended and confirmed 26 July 2019

    World Checklist of Maple Cultivar Names
    By Gregory, Peter and Hugh Angus, Published by Westonbirt Arboretum, 2008.
    Lists more than 3,800 maples, most of which are Acer palmatum, but many other intriguing entries.
    Alison Vry, Database & Records Officer at Westonbirt, has confirmed in an email:
    "The World Checklist of Maple Cultivar names is no longer available. A new version is being produced but it will be published by the Maple Society rather than Westonbirt, and realistically it may be some time before it is complete."

    Link location
    Submitted by emery
    Submitted date 3 Jul 2019; last confirmed 22 Aug 2019