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Book Review
Rudolph Henny

Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Magnolias, Camellias and Ornamental Cherries , by A. T. Johnson. Propagation notes by F. C. Puddle, V. M. H., 16 full page monotone illustrations, 93 pages, My Garden, London, England.

The opening section of this delightful booklet deals with rhododendrons. Special emphasis is placed on the dwarf and semi-dwarf species with only passing mention of the large growing plants or tree types. Throughout the chapter, cultural notes are inserted along with interesting peculiarities of many rhododendrons. The hybrids mentioned, are mostly the desirable dwarf varieties, though many of the fine larger types readily available in the United States are recommended and not at all slighted.
The succeeding chapter on azaleas and azaleodendrons makes important mention of many fine varieties and newer types. Several fine species mentioned are native to the United States.
Magnolias, their variety and garden merit is most interesting and informative, as is the chapter on camellias. Fine notes are presented on these desirable plants. The Camellia saluenense hybrids are most aptly described.
The later portion of the book contains a chapter on ornamental cherries, almonds, apricots and plums. Historical notes and cultural practices about the numerous flowering trees are very well presented in the limited space allowed.
The final chapter by F. C. Puddle is on propagation methods for the numerous shrubs, and such methods as layering, cuttings and seeds are explained,
The only criticism I would venture is the vastness of the subject matter and the relatively condensed chapters assigned to each portion. Possibly such is always the case when matter so intriguing is presented in a pleasing and informative way. This book is well worth its price many times over as a guide to fine plants and varieties.