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Trees of North America: A Guide to Field Identification, Revised and Updated (Golden Field Guide Series) [Paperback]

by C. Frank Brockman, Rebecca Marrilees
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 14, 2001 1582380929 978-1582380926 Rev Upd
Smell the bark of the aromatic Sassafras. Wonder at the Lodgepole Pine, whose heat-activated cones reseed forests destroyed by fire. Search for the Sugar Maple, whose foliage blazes red and yellow in autumn. North America's trees rank among nature's most awesome creations. This premier field guide features all characteristics-tree shape, bark, leaf, flower, fruit and twig-for quick identification, making it a superior choice for trail walks, creating displays, and scientific or commercial needs.

-All of North America in one volume
-Over 730 species in 76 families and 160 range maps
-Native species and important introduced foreign varieties
-Text, range maps, and illustrations seen together at a glance
-Common and scientific names
-Convenient measuring rules

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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Series: Golden Field Guide Series
  • 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: 7.5 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars color illustrations make the difference October 30, 2001
Format:Paperback
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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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Book! October 28, 2003
Format:Paperback
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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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been a big help October 8, 2005
Format:Paperback
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trees of North America June 25, 2006
Format:Paperback
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaf Peeper's Review October 28, 2005
Format:Paperback
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate guide June 12, 2002
Format:Paperback
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Tree ID Book
I needed this for one of my Wood classes and the instructor recommended this. It is literally THE best tree ID book.
Published 10 days ago by Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Good tree book
I wanted a book to help me identify trees. This is a good resource for that. It has pictures and detailed descriptions.
Published 2 months ago by Sandy Goodman
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good pictures and descriptions
I seem to always be loosing my books on trees. So it was good to get another one that is pretty simple and informative. Looking forward to reading it more.
Published 2 months ago by I. A. Seadale
5.0 out of 5 stars Trees of North American
A great guide book. I found many of the trees where I live are not native to my area and are damaging the native plants etc. Great source of information.
Published 2 months ago by Caroline Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Trees of North America: A Guide to Field Identification by C. Frank...
Trees of North America: A Guide to Field Identification, Revised and Updated (Golden Field Guide from St. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CDP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
I'm not a tree specialist but with this book I can identify the tree on my property. Very good for a homeowner.
Published 3 months ago by Joe Martus
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful guide
I do a lot work with trees and shrubs so it is very important for me to know what species I'm looking at. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ron
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Kind of clumsily arranged but I'll get used to it. But it has loads of information and will be used a lot!
Published 4 months ago by Jimski
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference book
I have a new place with lots of trees on the property, need to identify the ones I need to keep.
Published 5 months ago by hoseverdie
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Guides Are Famous
The Golden Field Guides have always been a favorite of mine. This is no exception! The images are very easy to look at and text is right to the point. Map locators very clear.
Published 5 months ago by Dennis Abdalla
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