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Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa (Bur Oak Guide) Paperback – July 15, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I heard a presentation by the authors and that is when I ordered it. The process they used to print the book was interesting. I enjoy the book a lot and use it for identification.Published 18 months ago by Susan K Welch
We resently purchased some land and we were looking for a good book to help us figure out all the different trees and shrubs that were on the property. Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by Mary Maurer