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Common name to scientific chart/book needed

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by jlouki01, May 9, 2007.

  1. jlouki01

    jlouki01 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Need a good book/chart/website to check common names to scientific names or plants. Pictures are wonderful also..
  2. JoeinJasper

    JoeinJasper LawnSite Member
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  3. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 365

    M. Dirr is the MAN
  4. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

  5. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,094

    Im a grad of a landscape architecture degree... dirrs book is the bible... dont use anything but that... get the hard cover
  6. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Start with Michael Dirr's "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants" add any of his other books as well as those by Alan Armitage and Rick Darke. Many nursery catalogs will have botanical to common name sections, but you need to learn and understand the botanical names, as there are the same worldwide. Common names vary by region, garden center or some that seem just made up.

    The UCONN site is excellent as are many university sites available on the net and additional software resource would be Horticopia. Horticopia is an excellent plant encyclopedia, pronouncement tool, common and botanical reference as well as photos and data. It makes a great tool for client presentations as well. You can control the amount of information you share with the client from common names and a photo to extensive data and your own observations.

  7. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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  8. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,173

    Dirrs is very good. For conifers try D.M. Van Gelderen - 2 volume set. Vertrees for Jap Maples, Rick darke for ornamental grasses. All pretty good and have been a help to me. Check the Timber Press website for a listing, sorry no link.

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