From the Back Cover
Noted naturalist Charles Fergus communicates his love for trees in every description and gentle detail, providing information on characteristics and physical makeup as well as personal anecdotes, notable cultural and historical tidbits, and full, rich descriptions of the interplay between trees and animals and trees and humans. Discover interesting and little-known facts such as:
The acorns of the white oak are less bitter-tasting than those of the red oak; some are sweet enough to eat without any preparation.
The wood of the sugar maple provides flooring that lasts longer than marble and is used for baseball bats said to propel the ball farther than white ash.
In colonial times, the British practice of reserving the tallest, straightest white pine trees for the Royal Navy fueled anti-British sentiment leading to the Revolutionary War.
Accompanying the splendidly written narrative are range maps for most species and beautiful line drawings of tree features for easy identification. Sit and savor this captivating book-it will enhance your appreciation of the majestic trees that populate our landscape.