References to online source articles (which link elsewhere) mostly appear as ref. Any content I have found in books will include the author and date: (Trouet, 2022) and these books are listed below along with some links I have found useful. Any images which have been copied from other places will have the URL included in the image caption (unless they are my images).

Books (non-fiction)

  • Al-Khalili, J. & McFadden, J. (2014) Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology, London, UK: Bantam Press.
  • Bowsher, C & Tobin, A. (2021) Plant BiochemistrySecond Edition, Abingdon, UK: CRC Press
  • Bradfield, P. & Potter, S. (2017) EdExcel International GCSE (9-1) Biology Student Book. London, UK: Pearson Education Limited.
  • Collen, Alanna (2015) 10% Human, How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness. London (UK): William Collins.
  • Ennos, R. (2016) Trees: A complete guide to their biology and structure. London, UK: Natural History Museum
  • Farjon, A. (2008) A Natural History of Conifers. Portland, USA: Timber Press Inc
  • Garner, R.J. (2013) The Grafter’s Handbook. London, UK: Octopus Publishing Group
  • Hallé, Francis, (2002) In Praise of Plants. Portland, USA: Timber Press, Inc
  • Johnson, E. (2020) Plant Tissue Culture: A Home-Based Guide How to Practice Plant Tissue Culture on a Budget: Amazon
  • Kesssler, Rob & Stuppy, Wolfgang (2014) Seeds: Time Capsules of Life. UK: Papadakis
  • Koreshoff, Deborah R. (New edition 1997) Bonsai: Its Art, Science, History and Philosophy. Portland, USA: Timber Press Inc
  • Nurse, P. (2021) What is Life?: Understand Biology In Five Steps. Oxford, UK: David Fickling Books
  • Schweingruber, Fritz H, Börner, Annett (2018) The Plant Stem – A Microscopic Aspect. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing (note: available by open access as a digital download from Amazon or here)
  • Smith, A.M. Coupland, G. Dolan, L., Harberd, N. Jones, J. Martin, C. Sablowski, R. Amey, A. (2010) Plant Biologyfirst edition. Boca Raton, Florida, USA: CRC Press
  • Smith, Roberta A. (2013) Plant Cell Culture: Techniques & Experiments. London, UK: Elsevier Academic Press
  • Thomas, Peter A. (2014) Trees: Their Natural History. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
  • Trouet, V. (2020) Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings. Baltimore, USA: John Hopkins University Press.
  • Tudge, C. (2006) The Secret Life of Trees: How They Live and Why They Matter. London, UK: Penguin Science Press
  • Vogel, S. (2012) The Life of a Leaf. Chicago, USA: The University of Chicago Press
  • Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants. London, UK: Dorling Kindersley
  • Raviv, M. Lieth J.H., Bartal, A (2019) Soilless Culture: Theory and Practice. London, UK: Academic Press, Elsevier



Books (fiction)

  • The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring, Richard Preston
  • The Overstory, Richard Powers
  • The Arbonaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us, Meg Lowman
  • The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, Lars Mytting
  • Finding the Mother Tree, Suzanne Simard
  • The Golden Spruce, John Vaillant
  • Entangled Life, Merlin Sheldrake (about fungi, but very relevant to trees)
  • The Cone Gatherers, Robin Jenkins
  • Elderflora, Jared Farmer
  • Wildwood, a Journey Through Trees, Roger Deakin


The images for the header and icon used on this website were created using source images from ‘The Plant Stem: A Microscopic Aspect’ by Schweingruber & Börner, available to download here.