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Tree Identification Book : A New Method for the Practical Identification and Recognition of Trees Paperback – February 1, 1973
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This book is a masterpiece. It is arranged so that you can take a single sign (twig, leaf, bark, etc.) and use pictorial keys to quickly narrow your search to a positive identification of a mystery tree. Sometimes you need to check additional signs, but often times the twig with a leaf or bloom that you bring back from a walk is all you need for a positive identification.
I have had my copy since 1975 and it has never let me down as I have lived in Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and points in between. The copyright date is 1958. I don't know anything about George Symonds, but he had that rare knack for making a potentially confusing and complicated topic pleasurably accessible to the average person.
This is NOT a coffee table book. It does NOT fit in your pocket. It has NO color photos. This 8.5 x 11-inch black and white volume does have incredibly clear and useful photos of all the keys. Unlike those puny photos and drawings in a pocket guide, these photos are full or one-half scale, or carefully referenced (for example bark photos include a ruler in the image). It has no stuffy writing, just the essential information in completely accessible form.
The result is a low-tech looking book that blows the doors off of any other tree ID book I have ever seen.
Recently, a return to performing occasional, outside survey work revived my need to identify trees. After scanning all the books available for this purpose off-the-shelf in a large book store, I lamented the loss of this book, for I found none as useful to me as this book. I assumed it was no longer in print. But, to my delight, I surfed the web and discovered it is still in print and readily available. While its photos are B&W, and not of the highest quality (little if any apparent change in the book in two decades), the book remains a standard, in my opinion, as a tool aptly suited to its name.
THIS BOOK ONLY INCLUDES TREES found in the EASTERN USA.
For those of us that live in the western USA, this book fails miserably.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book a little confusing. When you look up something in index it is not on the page it saysPublished 6 days ago by Tammy Edwards
Useful inexpensive field identification guide. Use it for wetland work.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I use this book all of the time and work professionally in the field. The photographs and comparative keys are very easy to use. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tony
Excellent resource book. Pictures are great. We'll put together. Easy to follow. I have quite a few tree identification books and this is by far the better of all of them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Adam McDuff
This book is great to have for those who are interested in identifying trees in the eastern US. One might initially think that black-and-white photos wouldn't be effective tools,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Justin H
Purchased this as a gift for my husband who logs on the side for extra business. It is an excellent resource for an avid outdoorsman who enjoys identifying trees. Read morePublished 5 months ago by srutter89
Don't get the Kindle version. You really need to be able to flip pages because there's no true (dichotomous) key. Read morePublished 6 months ago by OneIsTwo