Cloth $27.00 ISBN: 9781789143560 Will Publish July 2021 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $27.00 ISBN: 9781789143577 Published May 2021

Ash

Edward Parker

Ash

Edward Parker

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224 pages | 80 color plates, 30 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $27.00 ISBN: 9781789143560 Will Publish July 2021 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $27.00 ISBN: 9781789143577 Published May 2021
Elegant and beautiful, rich in history and supremely useful, the ash tree has played an extraordinary yet largely unrecognized part in shaping both our natural environment and the material culture and beliefs of millions of people around the world. Ash charts the evolution of this magnificent tree, and its forty-three species, across the Northern Hemisphere for the past 44 million years. From its significance in ancient Indo-European cultures to its remarkable properties in treating Alzheimer’s, Edward Parker looks at the botany, cultural history, and medicinal uses of the ash tree. He also looks at topical issues, such as the devastating effects that the spread of the emerald ash borer beetle and the ash dieback fungal infection are having on Northern Hemisphere forests.
Review Quotes
Peter Marren, author of "Rainbow Dust: Three Centuries of Butterfly Delight"
"The triumph and tragedy of the ash is one of the stories that define our age. Few trees are more beautiful and so bountiful in the number of species they support, and none are so versatile in the uses we have found for it. Parker’s book fills one with admiration for this wonderful tree even as we weep for its fate."
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