Since the beginnings of history trees have served humankind in countless useful ways, but our relationship with trees has many dimensions beyond mere practicality. Trees are so entwined with human experience that diverse species have inspired their own stories, myths, songs, poems, paintings, and spiritual meanings. Some have achieved status as religious, cultural, or national symbols.
Fiona Stafford offers intimate, detailed explorations of seventeen common trees, from ash and apple to pine, oak, cypress, and willow. The author also pays homage to particular trees, such as the fabled Ankerwyke Yew under which Henry VIII courted Ann Boleyn, and the spectacular cherry trees of Washington, D.C. The author discusses practical uses of wood past and present, tree diseases and environmental threats, and trees' potential contributions toward slowing global climate change.
Publisher: - Yale University Press - more
Year: - 2016 Hardback; 2017 05 (May) Paperback
Authors: - Stafford, F.