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The Essential Tree Selection Guide

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An A-Z Tree Directory representing more than 550 trees chosen for their ecosystem benefits, resilience and a host of other criteria that will ensure their continuing contribution to our future gardens and landscapes.


Authors: Henrik Sjöman and Arit Anderson. 528pp. 100 colour illustrations. 300 x 240 mm. Hardback, ISBN 9781739903947, Filbert Press in association with Kew Publishing. 2023.

There has never been a better time to plant trees. As well as playing a vital role in the health of the natural world and of us humans, these essential life-giving plants also deliver a vast array of hidden benefits such as cooling shade, rainfall interception and carbon capture – but only if we plant the right tree in the right place.

At the heart of the book is a unique A-Z Tree Directory representing more than 550 trees chosen for their ecosystem benefits, resilience and a host of other criteria that will ensure their continuing contribution to our future gardens and landscapes. A further quick-reference Tree Selection Table provides key attributes for each species at a glance.

This exciting new tree selection guide marks a step change in approach that will lead to successful outcomes for trees and a better environment for future generations.


Henrik Sjöman is Scientific Curator at Gothenburg Botanical Garden, a Senior Researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and an Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He specializes in how trees deliver ecosystem services in urban landscapes and the practical applications of this in terms of diversifying the urban treescape. Henrik communicates his research through numerous publications and by lecturing to urban planners, landscape architects, garden designers and tree nurseries throughout the world.

Arit Anderson studied garden design at Capel Manor College and rose quickly to success at RHS Chelsea 2013 winning the Fresh Talent category followed by a Gold Medal at RHS Hampton Court in 2016 for her own show garden which highlighted the need for renewable energy. She is a presenter for BBC Gardeners' World, hosts a popular podcast' Growing Greener' and writes for national publications all of which enable her to open up the debate about the future of gardening in a changing climate to a wide audience.


Media and Reviews

A much needed book for our climate-challenging times. What is novel about this book is the linking of tree selection choices to academic research on resilience, habit, water use, survival strategies and how a plant community evolves over time.

- Dr Elisabeth Larsen, Ecosystem Services Fellow at RHS Garden Wisely and reviewer for The Garden Magazine, 2023


This insightful, detailed book is destined to become an important tool for the professional garden or landscape designer who, with an established landscape knowledge, is seeking to design sustainably, to conform to local and national policy and achieve environmental credence.

Marcus Foster, Garden Design Journal, 2023



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