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An Encyclopedia of Small Fruit

2008 Edition, March 28, 2008

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ISBN: 978-1-56022-938-4
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  • Revision: 2008 Edition, March 28, 2008
  • Published Date: March 28, 2008
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 174
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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Book introductions usually are an author's attempt to tell what a book is about and how it should be used, but let me begin this introduction by telling what this book is not about. It is not about providing a complete and in-depth review of all small fruits and their culture, nor is it a grower's manual for commercial production. Rather, this book is an overview of temperate and tropical small fruits with notes on their culture. Some entries provide far more information than others simply because far more is known about the culture of some fruits than of others.

This is a book for the home grower and general fruit garden enthusiast. The text is written in nontechnical language whenever possible and provides information on all aspects of fruit culture that the home grower would require. A deficiency in specific information related, say, to pollination or fertilization of a species generally means that the literature is deficient in that information.

Main entries of common names appear in bold letters. Where an entry is not a standard name for a species, or where several common names are in use, the reader is directed to a specific entry. Following the main entry is the name of the family to which the species belongs. This in turn is followed by all synonyms in small capital letters. If the name appearing in the main entry applies to several species, such as in the case of "bearberry," the more common of those species are listed and described under the heading. In nearly all cases the scientific nomenclature adheres to that of Hortus Third: A Concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada. Within each heading, species are described generally in simple language and directions for culture are given in systematic arrangement. Also provided in addition to cultural practices is a general history of the genus and the use of its fruit, notes on propagation, production information if it is available, and the hardiness zone(s) to which the species is adapted. The hardiness zones are those given by the U.S. Departmentof Agriculture. Finally, I have included for the home grower a brief glossary to explain some of the more complicated terms used in the book.

At times I have made an arbitrary distinction between a small (bush) fruit and a tree fruit. For example, chokecherry and American plum can be pruned to a single trunk and called tree fruit. However, their natural habit of growth, wherein they sucker profusely and form thickets, renders them bush fruit, and so they are included here.

Common names are sometimes confusing, with toxic and nontoxic species sharing the same name, as in the nightshades. Never eat fruit of a plant you cannot positively identify. Further, some people may be allergic to fruit commonly considered edible. Be careful what you eat.

Last, this book is the product of work over the past several years. Many have contributed to technical aspects of its formatting and entries. However, its completion at this time is the result of constant urging, encouragement, technical help, and strong support from my wife, Cheryl, and it is to her that I dedicate this work.