This needs a subscription to "Physics in Perspective", but if you have a good library you should have access. It's a nice historical overview of water uptake and rise, presented in simple terms so that physicists can understand it ;). If you're teaching or studying plant water relations you might enjoy this perspective and overview.
Brown, H. (2013). The theory of the rise of sap in trees: Some historical and conceptual remarks. Phys. Perspect. 15: 320-358.