Pine

Author: 
Laura Mason
Publisher: 
Reaktion Books
Publication Date: 
2013
ISBN: 
978-1-780-23101-3

Decorated boards, 214 pp., $27.00.

This is another book in a fascinating series by Reaktion Books, integrating horticultural and botanical writing, with a broader account of the cultural and social effects of trees, plants, and flowers. Pine recounts the natural history of pine trees as trees of wind (pollen distribution), fire (often lightning), and light (such as torches). Over the centuries, a cult of wisdom and longevity has arisen about them, especially from Chinese and Japanese drawings. The importance of these trees cannot be overlooked in the age of plastics. Pine nuts from cones are an important food source. Pitch, turpentine, and rosin are by-products from the sap that have helped build seaworthy vessels. Lumber from the trees themselves is incorporated into buildings, furniture, and paper. Pine trees have inspired artists and photographers. This book provides a holistic and novel survey of pines around the world in art and nature.
— Adele Kleine, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
15
Number: 
5