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Trees in paradise : a California history

Author: Jared Farmer
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes how the first settlers in California changed the brown landscape there by creating groves, wooded suburbs and landscaped cities through planting eucalypts in the lowlands, citrus colonies in the south and palms in Los Angeles.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jared Farmer
ISBN: 9780393078022 0393078027
OCLC Number: 829738439
Awards: Commended for Spur Awards (Nonfiction-Contemporary) 2014
Description: xl, 552 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part One. Redwoods : The Value of Longevity --
Twilight of the giants --
The perpetual last stand --
Part Two. Eucalypts : The Taxonomy of Belonging --
Immigration and naturalization --
Natives, aliens, and (bio)diversity --
Part Three. Citruses : The Industry of Growth --
Orange revolution --
Cultural costs --
Part Four. Palms : The Ecology of Style --
Cosmopolitan fronds --
Aesthetic infrastructure --
Epilogue --
Appendix: Common and Scientific Names of Species.
Responsibility: Jared Farmer.

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