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A Field Guide to Eastern Trees: Eastern United States and Canada, Including the Midwest (Peterson Field Guides) [Paperback]

George A. Petrides , Roger Tory Peterson , Janet Wehr
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July 15, 1998 0395904552 978-0395904558
Find what you're looking for with Peterson Field Guides—their field-tested visual identification system is designed to help you differentiate thousands of unique species accurately every time.
This field guide features detailed descriptions of 455 species of trees native to eastern North America, including the Midwest and the South. The 48 color plates, 11 black-and-white plates, and 26 text drawings show distinctive details needed for identification. Color photographs and 266 color range maps accompany the species descriptions.

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Drawings on page 3 show both leaf scars and bundle scars. Immediately beside the map for Osage Orange, too, the text says "Once native to n. Texas, e. Oklahoma, etc., home of the Osage Indians, this species was widely planted before the invention of barbed wire. It is now widely distributed in our area".

About the Author

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

Product Details

  • Series: Peterson Field Guides (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (July 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395904552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395904558
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide to a difficult subject April 15, 2000
Peterson's has about the best pocket-sized tree guide out there (I much prefer it to the Audubon guide, which I also own), but I won't kid with you - identifying trees is hard. It takes time, patience, and a keen eye. Just looking at leaves is usually not enough to make a positive identification. Depending on the species and the time of year, you may also have to examine bark, the twigs, flowers, buds, or fruits. The best part of the Peterson guide is that it has summer and winter keys in the back - don't ignore them just because the keys have no pictures! They are invaluable. Without them, you might find yourself lost among the many pages of illustrations. Perhaps the best resource to supplement this guide would be contact with an expert on the flora of your area - perhaps a naturalist at a local park or a forestry professor at a nearby university.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the flashiest, but the clearest June 21, 1999
By A Customer
I use other field guides for browsing, but this is the guide I use when I go out into the field and I really want to identify things. It uses a very clear key to subdivide trees into specific groups (like needleleaf/broadleaf or opposit-leaved/alternate-leaved), narrowing down the choices and making identification much easier. The drawings are very clear, and as a bonus, you get a tiny map for each species identifying its exact geographical range. Highly recommended.
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108 of 126 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So-so book. Spend your money elsewhere March 22, 2000
I know quite a bit about trees [boy scout, landscaping, etc], and I found this book to be very confusing in its layout. Not all of the trees described have all identification visually depicted -- leaf, bark, twig, seed -- and what pictures it has are separated from the text description by hundreds of pages. "Okay, this is an oak leaf, and they're described here... hmm, the pictures are back there ... hold on, let me use the leaf as a bookmark ..." Not handy at all.
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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but difficult to reference in the field September 20, 2005
I thought that the "Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Trees" was a very good book to read while at home, but it was difficult to use while I was actually "in the woods." I was looking for something with more illustrations and photos, and larger print wouldn't have hurt either. It would have also been simpler to use if the authors would have included all of the details, about a particular species, together in the book, rather than devoting one section to leaves of all species, another to silhouettes of all species, etc.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars alot of information for the size and cost December 30, 1998
Eastern Trees is very concise. It contains alot of photographs and drawings. It truly is a field guide not an encyclopedia. Although, there were times when I desired more information to identify trees first hand, I can't imagine how it could be fit into this pocket size volume. The only complaint I would have would be the photograph size since, they are about 2x3 inches they don't always show enough for identifying purposes. However, the book would have to be much bigger if the photographs were larger, size and cost would definitely increase.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could be! July 22, 2007
If you like having color plates in your field guide this one is not for you. I found it difficult to work with and hard to find information I needed. For a field guide it has too much written information looking to list various tees but not enough total tree information. For instance, the buds and leaves are shown but not the tree bark or the silhouettes with each. Silhouettes are provided for types but not referenced for the various species. One has to jump around with the guide looking for information on the same specie of tree. For identifying species in the field the book falls far short. Color plates are a limited number of diagrams and sketches instead of photos, a major weakness. On a positive note, greater emphasis in locating species with maps showing growth locations is provided.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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As a novice tree identifier in New York City, I wish the book's classifications were more easily located and included more variant names. There is at least one popular tree known variously as the Chinese Scholar Tree and the Japanese Pagoda Tree which does not appear, and, although Florida is filled with wonderful trees, I shall make every effort never to get to Florida to see them and I would have liked more space devoted to the rest of the East and less to Florida. I am certain many people love to identify winter trees by their buds, but I am not one. Although the illustrations are very exciting to look at and very vital, they would be better in a Disney film. I have a local guide which uses photographs and I wish the Peterson Guide used them as well. The most useful segment of the guide is the tree silhouette section.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Learning Curve
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-I have had this product for over a week/
-I have used this product in and out each day since, (because I have a lot of free time on my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ryan Anglin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book.
I got this book for reference purposes, after having had to return my library copy. It's very helpful for identifying various trees and learning more about them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by carol wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for identification of trees
The book is better than what I expected to get. I was very pleased with all the information and pictures the book had to offer. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars TREES
Book arrived promptly in excellent condition. Great resource! We were looking to replace a tree that had been removed at our home and wanted a reference book to expand our... Read more
Published 8 months ago by TERRY J. BADMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and easy to read field guide.
Ever wonder what types of trees are on your property or just want a working knowledge of tree species? If yes,then this book is for you. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Albert Bisogne
5.0 out of 5 stars Science club
It was just what I needed to look up the names of trees and identify leaves in eastern NC for my child's science club.
Published 10 months ago by Michelle Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent field reference!
Great informative field guide that i keep in a water proof map case along with a Peterson's plant guide, in my hiking pack. Read more
Published 11 months ago by tonya conner
5.0 out of 5 stars TREES
I LIKE TREES. easy to id trees with this book. lives up to Peterson guide expectations. nice color pic section
Published 11 months ago by Fred
4.0 out of 5 stars Field guide to Eastern Trees
I've used this before, so I knew what I was ordering. It is a basic field guide to the most common trees of the eastern US. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Judy H. Gruver
5.0 out of 5 stars A Field guide to Eastern Trees
The book was in very fine condition as listed and was the exact one that I was looking for. Thank you
Published 12 months ago by Fredericka Johns
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