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A Field Guide to Eastern Trees: Eastern United States and Canada, Including the Midwest (Peterson Field Guides)
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The text itself is very detailed, but the "how to use this book" chapter doesn't show pictures to describe what is meant by the specific terms it uses. So even though I know quite a bit about trees, I found myself having to go back to botany books to look up 'bundled leaf scar' [and other terms] so I could try to determine from text only the difference between one specific tree from a similar one, only one of which is poisonous to my horses.
As a result, I am confused, and we have to wait until the tree completely leafs out in a month or two before we can make the determination whether to cut it down or not.
Additionally, only a fraction of the trees it contains has habitat or range maps, so I can't even tell whether I need to be concerned about a specific tree being native in my area. And in one case, the Osage Orange which grows like weeds here and has for at least a hundred years, shows a range limited to TX and S.W. AR ... 300 miles away. I've seen better tree-ident books in the book stores when I needed to look up one specific item. I wish I could remember the names of them.
On the plus side, the text descriptions are very detailed, and contain lots of interesting tidbits that you wouldn't find elsewhere. I'd suggest that you use other books unless you're actually a forest ranger or a PhD in trees.
As usual, I did as much research ahead of time as possible and ended up with three top choices. As I went through the reviews I found a reoccurring theme. The theme was that NO ONE FIELD GUIDE WILL MEET ALL YOUR NEEDS. Field guides are not textbooks and of necessity are not exhaustive because of size constraints. Each guide deals with this in its own fashion. Some are short on text and quality descriptions. Others are short on high quality pictures of leaf, bark, and general tree shape. Still others suffer from inadequate I.D. layout.
After considering all the variables, the three that ended up on the top of the list were: National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American trees (Eastern Region) (NAS), Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Trees (PFG) and National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Trees of North America (NWF). I live in Indiana so all three fit my location. On the upside, of the three guides the PFG has the best, most complete descriptions about the leaf, bark, fruit, ect. It is also has a pretty compact size. Of the three books mentioned it falls in the middle in size. It has a very easy to understand tree I.D. structure. I believe its weakness lies in its poor graphics and pictures. While I would recommend this book as a PRIMARY identification guide because of its thorough handling of the information, I would also recommend purchasing something to help with the visual end of the identification process.Read more ›
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Seems to be a good book, but Amazon shipped it in a giant box with other items and very little cushioning so it arrived damaged.Published 1 month ago by CMM
I've bought it for my friend, and he was absolutely amazed:) beautifully illustrated book, full of informationPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's informative but the lay out makes it hard to actually ID trees in the field. I would rather have actual photos and not drawn pictures.Published 2 months ago by R Daniels
Poorly done. Hard to tell what tree is what. Very limited in volume of tree types.Published 4 months ago by cmeblitz
This book was a HUGH disappointment. My daughter is working on a tree project in school. Half of the trees she needs to find are not in this book (ex: pin oaks, Japanese maple,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Harry Balian