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“Amateur naturalists, professional scientists, and landowners in Iowa and beyond—in fact, tree lovers everywhere—will enjoy this much-anticipated update of a widely used classic. There is no better way to learn about the surprising diversity of trees in our prairie state than to have a copy of this book in your library or preferably in your hands while exploring woods, fields, backyards, and roadsides. Peter van der Linden and Donald Farrar have once again combined their talents, knowledge, and love of natural history to renew this enduring reference.”—John Pearson, ecologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

 



“Since it was first published in 1984, Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa has been the definitive reference for Iowa’s trees and larger shrubs. In this third edition, the book’s information has been expanded, freshly rearranged, and augmented with all-color photographs, making it even more accessible to the lay public as well as professional botanists. With the increasing attention now being paid to Iowa’s woodland communities and their ecological importance, this book belongs on the desk of everyone who works—or plays—with trees and shrubs in Iowa.”—Cornelia F. Mutel, author, The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa

About the Author

 Peter van der Linden worked in arboretums and botanical gardensin Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan before becoming executive director of Iowa Lakeside Lab in 2007. Donald Farrar, professor emeritus in the Department of Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University, is a specialist in the reproductive biology of ferns.

 

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Product Details

  • Series: Bur Oak Guide
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Iowa Press; 3rd Edition edition (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587299941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587299940
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was recommended to me by the local DNR forestry guy. What a great book. I thought it would be bigger (text book size) for some reason but it really packs a ton of information anyway while being a manageable size. Well written, well sorted, well researched and very useful. The fact that it's in black and white disturbed me a bit in the beginning but now it makes me able to recognize things by the shape and texture rather than the color (which can be deceiving and ever changing).
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This book is very straightforward and useful. It can be appreciated by landscapers, students of woody plant materials, or Iowans who appreciate the outdoors.

The identification section of this book has very good keys, including for summer and winter; it also dedicates two pages to each tree and shrub species common in Iowa (about 2/3 in pictures and 1/3 in text). I especially appreciate that the authors chose to concisely specify the species' distribution within the state, and whether it is truly native or merely planted. Each entry also includes the distinguishing characteristics and how to differentiate from similar trees. The pictures of actual leaves, buds, fruit, and bark, are large and clear.

Other sections include the natural history and uses of Iowa trees, with sections for conifers, flowering trees, and promising trees for the state (trees for shade, landscaping, reforestation).
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I reviewed this at my blog:[...]
This is an excellent resource if you need or want to know specific trees, not suggestions for tree families and "related but not quite the one" (most books). By using the key in the front of the book, users of all knowledge levels can access an exhaustive and accurate listing and illustrations.

I would appreciate illustrations of the trees at full height if a third edition is in the works.
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This is a great book for any and all naturalists and those wishing to learn about the landscape. My only qualm is that bark isn't always an included identification resource, which can be limiting in some cases. Other than that a great purchase, would recommend.
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