This exhaustive, lavishly illustrated guide is destined to become a much-treasured classic. Margaret Barwick describes trees by their attributes and profiles, such as colour, shape, texture, flowers, foliage, edible fruit, spice or timber, and those that have traditionally provided an essential element to their communities. In addition to the 1,981 colour photographs of trees in the wild at the peak of their condition, and over two hundred tree silhouettes, there are eighty specially commissioned artworks of the morphology of leaves, flowers and fruit. A collection of quick-reference checklists will help gardeners, designers and planners to choose appropriate species for specific use and conditions. Tropical & Subtropical Trees contains summary boxes for every species that cover details such as growth habits, light and shade requirements, tolerances, soil types, details of propagation and problems that may occur, resulting in an irresistible mix of images, descriptive captions and informed reference texts. Margaret Barwick presents her considerable knowledge of the trees’ natural habitat in a lively and accessible fashion, peppering her text with anecdotes and snippets of information on the trees’ agricultural or medicinal applications, and even their sacred or mystical associations.