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Suggested Readings


Rhododendrons & Azaleas


American Rhododendron Society and the Rhododendron Species Foundation, Rhododendrons of China (Binford & Mort, Portland, Oregon, 1990)

Chamberlain, David, et. al., The Genus Rhododendron: Its Classification. & Synonymy (The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1996)

Cox, Kenneth N. E., and Laurel Glen, Rhododendrons (A Care Manual) (Thunder Bay Press, 1998)

Cox, Peter, and Kenneth Cox, Cox's Guide to Choosing Rhododendrons (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1990)

Cox, Peter, and Kenneth, The Encyclopedia of Rhododendron Hybrids (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1988)

Cox, Peter, and Kenneth, The Encyclopedia of Rhododendron Species (Glendoick Publishing, Perth, Scotland, 1997)

Cox, Peter, The Cultivation of Rhododendrons (B. I. Batford, Ltd, London, 1993)

Cox, Peter, The Larger Rhododendron Species (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, revised edition, 1990)

Cox, Peter, The Smaller Rhododendrons (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1985)

Davidian, H. H., Rhododendron Species (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, four volumes, 1982-1995). This massive work includes Volume I on Lepidotes, Volumes II and III on Elipidotes and Volume IV on Azaleas.

Dunmire, John R., Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Camellias (Sunset Publishing Co., 1999)

Fairweather, Christopher, Azaleas (The Globe Pequot Press, Old Saybrook, Connecticut)

Fairweather, Christopher, Making Most of Rhododendrons and Azaleas (John Markham and Assoc. , 1993)

Galle, Fred C., Azaleas (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, revised edition, 1987)

Goumei, Feng, ed., Rhododendrons of China, Volume II (Science Press, New York, 1992)

Greer, Harold E., Greer's Guidebook to Available Rhododendrons (Offshoot Publications, Eugene, Oregon, third edition, 1996).

How to Identify Rhododendron and Azalea Problems (Washington State University, Cooperative Extension Bulletin #1229)

Kenyon, John, and Jacqueline Walker, Vireyas: A Practical Gardening Guide (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1997)

Kneller, Marianna, The Book of Rhododendrons (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1995)

Leach, David G., Rhododendrons of the World (Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1961)

Nelson, Sonja, The Pacific Coast Rhododendron Story (Binford & Mort, 2000)

Nelson, Sonja, Rhododendrons in the Landscape (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2000)

Ortho Books, All About Azaleas, Camellias & Rhododendrons, (Chevron Chemical Company, San Francisco, 1985) While this is now out of print, copies may be available through The new edition is listed below under Reiley.

Postan, Cynthia, ed., The Rhododendron Story: 200 Years of Plant Hunting and Garden Cultivation (The Royal Horticulture Society, London, 1996)

Reiley, H. Edward, Ortho's All About Azaleas, Camellias, and Rhododendrons (Ortho Books, 2001)

Reiley, H. Edward, Success with Rhododendrons and Azaleas (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, revised editon, 2004)

The Rhododendron Handbook (The Royal Horticultural Society, London, revised edition, 1998)

Rhododendrons You Should Meet (Van Veen Rhododendrons, Portland, Oregon, 1996)

Salley, Homer E. and Harold E. Greer, Rhododendron Hybrids (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, second edition, 1992)

Street, John, Rhododendrons (The Globe Pequot Press, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, 1987)

van Gelderen, D. M. and J. R. P. van Hoey Smith, Rhododendron Portraits (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1992)

van Veen, Ted, Rhododendrons in America (Binford & Mort, Portland, Oregon, second edition, 1986)

West, Franklin H., et. al., edited by Philip A. Livingston, Hybrids and Hybridizers: Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America (Harrowood Books, Newton Square, Pennsylvania, 1978)


companion plants and other topics of interest


Aden, Paul, The Hosta Book (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2nd edition, 1992)

Avent, Tony, So You Want to Start a Nursery (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2003)

Bloom, Adrian, Gardening With Conifers (Firefly Books, 2002)

Capiello, Paul, and Don Shadow, Dogwoods : The Genus Cornus (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2005)

Case, Frederick W., and Roberta, Trilliums (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1997)

Choukas-Bradley, Melanie, An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees: 350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland, illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown (University of Virginia Press, Charlottsville, Va, 2004)

Copeland, Linda L., and Allan M. Armitage, Legends in the Garden: Who in the World is Nellie Stevens? (Green Leaves Press, Atlanta, GA, 2001)

Cullina, William, Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002)

Cullina, William, The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2000)

Darke, Rick, The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2002)

Diekelmann, John, et. al., Natural Landscaping: Designing with Native Plant Communities (University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 2nd edition, 2003)

Dirr, Michael A., Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1997)

Dirr, Michael A., Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2002)

Dirr, Michael A., Hydrangeas for American Gardens (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2004)

Dirr, Michael A., Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses (Stipes Publishing Co., Champaign, IL, 5th edition, 1998)

Dirr, Michael A., et. al., The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation: From Seed to Tissue Culture: A Practical Working Guide to the Propagation of over 1100 Species (Varsity Press Inc., 1987)

Dirr, Michael A., and Charles W. Heuser, The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation: From Seed to Tissue Culture (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, Second edition, 2009)

Druse, Ken, Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation (Clarkson Potter; 2000)

Foote, Leonard E., and Samuel B. Jones, Jr., Gardening With Native Wild Flowers (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1997)

Galle, Fred C., Hollies: The Genus Ilex (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1997)

Grenfell, Diana, The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hostas (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1996)

Jaynes, Richard A., Kalmia: Mountain Laurel and Related Species (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 3rd edition, 1997)

Reiley, H. Edward, and Carroll L Shry, Introductory Horticulture (Delmar Learning, 2000)

Schmid, Wolfram George, The Genus Hosta/Giboshi Zoku (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1992)

van Gelderen, C. J., and D. M. van Gelderen, Maples for Gardens: A Color Encyclopedia (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 1999)

Vertrees, J. D., and Peter Gregory, Japanese Maples (Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 3rd edition, 2001)

Zilis, Mark R., The Hosta Handbook (Q & Z Nursery, Inc., 2001)

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