In the July issue, we highlighted a number of must-have books for horticulturists, and we asked for your suggestions. Well, thanks to Dr. Richard Criley, Emeritus Professor of Horticulture at the University of Hawaii, we can share a virtual library of recommended publications on hot plants for hot places! Check out his list of tropical and sub-tropical plants:

Allyn, J.  2003.  A Handbook of Landscape Palms.  Great Outdoors Publishing Co., St. Petersburg, FL. ISBN 0-8200-0422-X

Baggett, P.  2008.  Tropicalismo  Timber Press, Portland, OR  ISBN  13: 978-0-88192-947-8

Barwick, M.  2004.  Tropical and Subtropical Trees, an Encyclopedia.  Timber Press, Portland, OR ISBN 0-88192-661-2

Bohm, B.A.  2004.  Hawaii’s Native Plants.  Mutual Publishing, Honolulu, HI   ISBN  1-56647-666-6

Bornhorst, H. L.  2005.  Growing Native Hawaiian Plants: a how-to guide for the gardener.  (Revised Edition) The Bess Press, P. O. Box 22388, Honolulu, HI  96813  ISBN  1-57306-207-3

Bramwell, D. and Z. I. Bramwell.  1995.  Subtropical gardens.  Editorial Rueda, 28924 Alcorcon, Madrid, Spain.  ISBN 84-7207-086-7

Brandies, M. M.  1999. Xeriscaping for Florida Homes.  Great Outdoor Publishing Co. St. Petersburg, FL. ISBN  0-8200-0418-9

Brandies, M. M.  2004.  Landscaping with Tropical Plants.  Sunset Books, Menlo Park, CA ISBN 0-376-03457-2

Brigham, S.  2003.  Ornamental Trees of San Diego.  San Diego Hort. Soc.. Encinitas, CA  ISBN 0-934797-20-X

Broschat, T. K. and A.  W. Meerow.  2000. Ornamental Palm Horticulture.  University Press of Florida.  Gainesville, FL  ISBN 0-8130-1804-8

Brunner, B,  2013.  Tropical Flower Cultivation: The Heliconias.    ISBN 978-14791-253-64

Chabot, E.   1952.  How to Grow Rare Greenhouse Plants.  Gramercy Publ. CO. N.Y.  Libr. Congress 74-77814

Chandler, P.E.  1998.  References Lists of Ornamental Plants for Southern California Gardens. 2nd Printing.   K. Musial (Ed.)  Southern California Horticultural Society, Los Angeles, CA.ISBN 0-9638118-0-0

Chin, H. F.  1977.  Malaysian Flowers in Colour.  Tropcial Press SDN. BHD. 29 Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  ISBN  967-73-0018-0

Chin, W. Y. 1997.  Ferns of the Tropics.  Timber Press, Portland, OR.  ISBN0-88192-458-X

Chin, W. Y. 2003.  Tropical trees and shrubs. Sun Tree Publishing Ltd. Orchard Post Office Box 712, Singapore 912324  ISBN 981-04-6022-8

Clay, H. F. and J. C. Hubbard.  1977.  The Hawaii Garden: Tropical Exotics. University Press of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI   ISBN  0-8248-0465-1 (v. 1)

Clay, H. F. and J. C. Hubbard.  1977.  The Hawaii Garden: Tropical Shrubs.  University Press of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI   ISBN  0-8248-0466-X (v. 2)

Clebisch, B.  1997.  A Book of Salvias: Sages for Every Garden.  Timber Press, Portland, OR.  ISBN  0-88192-369-9

College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.  2002.  Growing Plants for Hawaiian Lei.  Publication & Information Office, CTAHR, 3050 Maile Way, Rm 119, Honolulu, HI 96822  ISBN 1-929325-13-4

Courtright, G.  1988.  Tropicals.  Timber Press, Portland, OR ISBN 0-88192-332-X

Culliney, J. L. and B. P.  Koebele.  1999.  A Native Hawaiian Garden.  University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI 96822.   ISBN 0-8248-2176-9

Deghan, B.  1998.  Landscape Plants for Subtropical Climates.  University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL ISBN 0-8130-1627-4

Duffield, M.R. and W. Jones.  2001.  Plants for Dry Climates. How to Select, Grow and Enjoy.  Perseus Publishing, Cambridge, MA    ISBN  1-55561-251-2

Duggan, J.  2003.  Plants in the Getty’s Central Garden.  Getty Publications, Los Angeles, CA ISBN 0-89236-714-8

Engel, D. H. and S. Phummai. 2000.  A Field Guide to Tropical Plants of Asia.  Timber Press, Portland, OR .  ISBN 0-88-192-542-X

Englebert, C.  2012.  Feng Shui for Hawai’i Gardens. Watermark Publ.  Honolulu, HI  ISBN 978-1-9356901-5-3

Fayaz, A.  2011.  Encyclopedia of  Tropical Plants.  Fifly Books, Inc., Buffalo, NY  ISBN  978-1-55407-489-1

Friends of the Hawaii Urban Forest.  2004.  Common Hawaiian Trees.  Published by Hawaii’s Urban Forest, 92-963 Hunaki Place, Kapolei, HI 96707  ISBN 0-9743341-0-3

Gardiner, J.  2011.  Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs.  Timber Press, Inc., Portland, OR.  ISBN 13: 978-0-88192-823-5

Griffith, L. P., Jr.  2006.  Tropical Foliage Plants – A Grower’s Guide.  (2nd Ed.)   Ball Publishing, Batavia, IL  ISBN 978-1-883052-51-5

Gustafson, R. J., D. R. Herbst, and P.W. Rundel.  2014.  Hawaiian Plant Life: Vegetation and Flora.  University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI   ISBN  978-0-8248-3710-5

Hanly, G. and J. Walker.  1992.  The Subtropical Garden.  Timber Press, Portland, OR  ISBN 0-88192-359-1

Haus, S.  2013.  Gardens of Hawaii. The Haus Foundation. Honolulu, HI  ISBN 978-0-615-77772-6

Hodel, D. R.  2012. Loulu, The Hawaiian Palm.  University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI ISBN 978-0-8248-3567-5

Holttum, R. E. and I. Enoch.  1991.  Gardening in The Tropics.  Timber Press, Portland, OR ISBN 0-88192-309-5

Iversen, R. R.  1999.  The Exotic Garden.  The Taunton Press, Newton, CT  ISBN 1-56158-232-8

Irish, M.  2008.  Trees and Shrubs for the Southwest.  Timber Press, Portland, OR. ISBN 978-0-88192-905-8

Jarret, A.  2003.  Ornamental Tropical Shrubs.  Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL  ISBN 1-56164-275-4

Jones, W. and C. Sacamano.  2000.  Landscape Plants for Dry Regions.  Fisher Books/Perseus Books Group, Cambridge, MA.  ISBN 1-55561-190-7

Kepler, A. K.  1990.  Trees of Hawaii  University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI ISBN  0-8248-1329-4.

Kepler, A. K.  1998.  Hawaiian Heritage Plants.  University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI  ISBN 0-8248-1994-2

Kingsbury, J. M.  1988.  200 Conspicuous, Unusual, or Economically Important Tropical Plants of the Caribbean.  Bullbrier Press, Ten Snyder Heights, Ithaca, NY 14850  ISBN 0-9612610-2-1

Kuck, L. E. and R. C. Tongg.  1962.  A Guide to Tropical and Semitropical Flora.  Charles E. Tuttle Co., Rutland, VT

Larsen, K., H. Ibrahim, S. H. Khaw, and L. G. Saw.  1999.  Gingers of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.  Natural History Publications (Borneo), P.O. Bo 13908, 88846 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia  ISBN 983-812-025-1

Lawton, B. P.  2004.  Hibiscus. Timber Press, Portland, OR  ISBN 0-88192-654-X

Leaser, D.  20007.  Growing Palm Trees in Hawaii and Other Tropical Climates. Mutual Publishing, LLC, Honolulu, HI   ISBN 13:978-1-56647-825-0,  10:-1-56647-825-1.

Lilleeng-Rosenberger, K. E.  2005. Growing Hawaii’s Native Plants.  Mutual Publishing LLC., Honollulu. HI ISBN 1-56647-716-6

Lincoln, N. K. 2009.  Native Hawaiian Plants & Polynesian Introduced Plants.  Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, HI.  ISBN 978-1-58178-092-5

Little, J. R.  2006.  Plumeria.  Mutual Publishing, Honolulu, HI

Llamas, K. A.  2003.  Tropical flowering plants: a guide to identification and cultivation. Timber Press, Portland, OR   ISBN  0-88192-585-3

Lorenzi, H. and L. E. de Mello Filho.  2001.  The tropical plants of R. Burle Marx.  Inst. Plantarum de Estudos da Flora Ltda. Av. Brasil 2000, Nova Odessa, SP, Brasil ISBN 85-86714-13-5

Mahoney, M. T., A. H. Remyn, M. P. Trotter, W. R. Trotter, M. E. Chamness, and K. J. Greby (Eds.)  2000. Street trees recommended for Southern California. (2nd Ed.)  Street Tree Seminar, Inc. P. O. Box 6415, Anaheim, CA 92816.  ISBN 0-96-77715-0-1

Malan, G.  2012.  Protea  Cultivation – From Concept to Carton.  SUN MeDIA, Stellenbosch, South Africa BN 978-0-620-55300-1

Malloy, M.  2010.  Tropical Color: A guide to colorful plants for the southwest Florida garden.   ISBN 13: 978-1-4528-2462-8

Martin, T. 2012.  The Unexpected Houseplant.  Timber Press, Portland, OR.  ISBN 13: 978-60469-243-3

Matthews, L. J.  2016.  Protea:  A Guide to Cultivated Species and Varieties. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI  ISBN 978-0-8248-5670-0

Mellichamp, L. and P. Gross.  2010.  Bizarre Botanicals.  Tiber Press, Inc., Portland, OR. ISBN 13: 978-1-60469-076-7

Meredith, T. J.  2002.  Bamboo for Gardens  Timber Press, Portland, OR   ISBN – 13: 978-0-88192-507-4

Min, Boo Chih, K. Omar-Hor, and O-Y.Chow Lin.  2003.  1001 Garden Plants in Singapore. Published by National Parks Board of Singapore.  Publisher: Meng Guan Recycled Products PTE, Ltd., Singapore http://www.mangguan@pacific.net.sg. Distributed by Keter Enterprise (65)-6753 1959/ fax 65 6753 7503 ISBN 981-04-9268-5

Moore, P. H.  and R. D. Krizman.  1981.  Field and Garden Plants of Guam. Coop. Ext. Serv. Univ. Guam

National Parks Board. 2009.  Trees of our Garden City (2nd Ed.)  Singapore.  ISBN  978-981-08-3714-3

Neal, M. C.  1965.  In Gardens of Hawaii.  Special Publ. 50, Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, HI

O’Brian, B., B. Landis, and E, Mackey.  2006.  Care and Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens.  Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, CA  ISBN 0-9605808-4-0

Ong, Guan Teck.   1997.  Tropical Trees & Shrubs Planting, a Practical Guide.  Pelanduk Publications (M) SDN BHD, , P.O. Box 8265, 46785 Kelena Jaya, Selangor Parul Ehsan, Malaysia.  ISBN 967-978-611-0

Outdoor Circle, The. 1991.  Majesty II. The Exceptional Trees of Hawaii.  The Outdoor Circle, Honolulu, HI  ISBN 0-9609082-0-X

Pakenham, T.   2004.  The Remarkable Baobab.  W.W. Norton & CO, N.Y.  ISBN 0-393-05989-8

Ping, T. S.  and W. M. Lynn.  2001.  Trees of our Garden City.  National Parks Board,  Singapore Botanic  Garden. Singapore.  ISBN  981-04-4220-3

Pratt, H. D.  1999.  A pocket guide to Hawaii’s trees and shrubs. Mutual Publishing, 1215 Center St., Suite 216, Honolulu, HI 96816  ISBN 1-56647-219-9

Rauch, F. D. and P. R. Weissich.  2000.  Plants for tropical landscapes: a gardener’s guide.  University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI 96822   ISBN 0-8248-2034-7

Rauch, F. D. and P. R. Weissich.  2009.  Small Trees for the Tropical Landscape.  University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI 96822   ISBN 978-0-8248-3308-4

Rauch, F. D. and P. R. Weissich.   2014,  WaterSmart Gardening. 100 Great Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape.  University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 96822.  ISBN 978-0-8248-3896-6 (paperback)

Rauch, F. D. and P. R. Weissich.  2016.  Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI  ISBN  978-0-8248-4005-1

Regan, R. J.  2007.  Impatiens.  Timber Press, Inc. Portland, OR.  ISBN 13: 978-0-88192-852-5

Riffle, R. L.  1998.  The Tropical Look.  Timber Press, Portland, OR  ISBN  0-88192-422-9

Riffle, R. L. and P. Craft.  2003.  An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms.  Timber Press, Portland, OR ISBN 0-88182-558-6

Rix, M.  2006.  Subtropical and Dry Climate Plants. The definitive practical guide. Timber Press, Portland, OR  ISBN 10:0-88192-808-9 and 13: 978-0-88192-808-2

Rohwer, J. G.  2000.  Tropical Plants of the World.  Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. NY  ISBN 0-8069-8387-6

Sohmer, S. H. and R. Gustafson.  1987.  Plants and Flowers of Hawaii.  University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI  ISBN  0-8248-1096-1

Sparrow, J.  and G. Hanly.  2002.  Subtropical plants: A practical gardening guide.  Timber Press, Portland, OR   ISBN 0-88192-544-6

Staples, G.W. and R. H. Cowie. 2001.  Hawai’is Invasive Species.  Mutual Publishing, Honolulu, HI   ISBN 1-56647-510-4

Staples, G. W. and D. R. Herbst.  2005.  A Tropical Garden Flora.  Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, HI  ISBN 1-58178-039-7

Teho, F.  1992.  Plants of Hawaii: How to grow them.  Petroglyph Press, Hilo, HI  ISBN 0-912180-48-X

Wagner, W. L, D. R. Herbst, and S. H. Sohmer. 1990.  Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawaii.  University of Hawaii  Press, Honolulu, HI   ISBN  0-8248-1152-6

Walker, J.  1992.  The Subtropical Gardener. Timber Press, Portland, OR ISBN 0-88192-359-1

Watkins, J. V. and T. J. Sheehan. 1975. Florida landscape plants. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, FL   ISBN 0-8130-0529-9

Walther, M.  2004.  A Guide to Hawaii’s Coastal Plants.  Mutual Publishing, Honolulu, HI  ISBN 1-56647-653-4

Wharton, P., B. Hine, and D. Justice.  2005.  The jade garden: New and notable plants from Asia. Timber Press, Portland, OR  ISBN 0-88192-705-8

Whistler, A. W.  1992.  Flowers of the Pacific Island Seashore.  University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI  ISBN 0-8248-1528-9

Whistler, W.A.  1995.  Wayside plants of the Islands.  Isle Botanica, 500 Univ. Ave. # 1601, Honolulu, HI 96826. Everbest Printing Co. Hong Kong.  ISBN 0-9645426-0-9

Whistler, W. A.  2000.  Tropical ornamentals: a guide.  Timber Press, Inc., Portland, OR ISBN 0-88192-448-2

Wilkinson, K. M., T.D. Landis, D. L. Haase, Brian F. Daley, R. K. Dumrose (Eds.)  2014.  Tropical Nursery Manual.  USDA Forest Service, Agriculture Handbook  732

Wood, P.  2005.  Flowers and Plants of Hawaii. Island Heritage Publ.  Waipahu, HI iSBN 0-93154-840-3

Zuchowski, W.  2005.  A guide to tropical plants of Costa Rica.  Zona Tropical Publ., Miami, FL ISBN 0-9705678-4-7

Read more: Must-Have Hort Books for Horticulturists