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Trees of North America: A Guide to Field Identification, Revised and Updated (Golden Field Guide f/St. Martin's Press) Rev Upd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1582380926
ISBN-10: 1582380929
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Golden Guides first appeared in 1949 and quickly established themselves as authorities on subjects from Natural History to Science. Relaunched in 2000, Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press feature modern, new covers as part of a multi-year, million-dollar program to revise, update, and expand the complete line of guides for a new generation of students.

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  • Series: Golden Field Guide f/St. Martin's Press
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press; Rev Upd edition (April 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582380929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582380926
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a college graduate in Botany, I have seen many field guides. I probably own of 30 in different categories, and this one is one of my favorites. It was the only one I carried on a trip to California to identify trees in the Bay area. The color illustrations make a huge difference as they are very accurate and easy to use a field guides. It does require you to have a little more than a basic knowledge of trees, as it does not start out with a dicotomous key.
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I am a garden writer, horticulturist and botanist and I think Golden Books' Trees of North America is a darn good book. It is small enough to shove in a pocket and take along on hikes...it is easy to use, full of good information, and makes tree ID easy in most cases.
I recommend this book as a present for anyone interested in trees, in Nature, in gardening. Although it is a Golden Book and is easy to use and understand, it is by no means a book just for kids. This is an excellent book, as was the older Golden Books Trees of North America, a book I have taken along with me on many a trip. Worth every penny of the price and then some!
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This is really a review of three books simultaneously, because I bought them all at the same time. I couldn't figure out which one to get, since they all had good reviews, but they have very different features.

1. Tree Finder: A Manual for the Identification of Trees by Their Leaves (Nature Study Guides)
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Pros:
* 4"x6" 62 page pamphlet easily fits in a pocket.
* It is organized like a choose-your-own-adventure book, so it will ask you questions, and show you some small drawings explaining the question. The drawings next to the questions is probably the best part of the book, since it can be confusing if you don't know what it means for a leaf to be lobed.
* This is the only one that a 10 or 11 year old child might enjoy using to identify trees, although it can still be difficult.
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Cons:
* Once you identify the tree, all you get is the name. The book doesn't tell you anything about its flowers, fruit, lifespan, etc.
* It only contains 161 species. This seems like a lot, but I have run into interesting varieties in my neighborhood such as the Chinaberry, Chinese tallow tree, Chinese parasol tree, or Shumard Oak. In fact, it only has 21 oak varieties, whereas the "Illustrated Book of Trees" has 38.
* Drawings are only in one shade of green and black.
* It only helps you identify trees if their leaves have not fallen.
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Summary:
I gave up on this book pretty quickly, when I failed to identify some trees exactly.

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I'm a forester and I know my native trees, but I am now helping a co-worker in urban forestry. I'm having to identify ornamental trees that I do not know so well and this book has been a major help in the field. It fits nicely into my saftey vest too. I definitely recommend this book as a reference for both common native trees and also for ornamental trees.
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While not as detailed as other field guides, the Golden Books Trees of North America contains just the right amount of information for amatuer naturalists and is lavishly illustrated. The organization of the book also lends itself to quick and accurate identification of trees. The book is a wonderful resource.
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Real good. Has leaf and bud and fruit drawings. Shows geographically location of each species. Has pictures of bark and branch spacing. Shows general tree height and shape. Information well organized.
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This is an excellent resource for identifying trees by their foliage. The illustrations are detailed and accurate. The descriptions are concise and descriptive. It is small enough so that it can fit into your pocket and taken along in the field. It is an excellent resource for teaching children all about trees.
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The best book I found for understanding the classification of trees, and for clarifying the differences between the major tree families...
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