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This is a beautifully photographed visual guide to one of the most important resources of the natural world. The authors are Australian botanists who live and work in Sydney. Rodd was the first horticultural botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, and Stackhouse is editor of the magazine Gardening Australia, an offshoot of the television show by the same name. The book is divided by chapters describing the form, types, location, and use of the many varieties of trees. Each page has a column or more of text enhanced with color photographs. The two pages on the ginkgo have photos of the tree in fall, a magnified photo of the stomata, an X-ray of the leaf, and pictures of the seed with and without the coating of the kernel. Although this should not be considered an identification guide, there is a section entitled “Remarkable Trees of the World” where 99 trees are described by height, type, occurrence, habitat, division, and family. Additional text discusses the unique features of each variety and is illustrated with either a photograph of the tree, flowers, or leaves. Supplementary material includes a “Factfile,” which has illustrations of tree, leaf, flower, and fruit shapes, and small maps showing the types and major forests of the world. There are also four pages of charts describing the largest families and genera of trees. The volume concludes with a short glossary and an index. The text is clear and written in nontechnical language. Recommended for either the reference or circulating collection in academic public libraries. --Christine Bulson

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"A feast for the eyes and mind."--"Bulletin"

"[A] gorgeous and informative guide."--"Science News"

"This book is stunning, filled with mesmerizing photographs and absorbing information in 300-plus pages. . . . Comprehensive . . . easy-to-read, [and] beautifully illustrated."--"Houston Chronicle"

"A beautifully photographed visual guide. . . . The text is clear and written in nontechnical language. Recommended for either the reference or circulating collection in academic public libraries."--"Booklist"

"Straightforward and well organized. . . . presented beautifully. The photographs are as abundant as the facts. Open and prepare to linger."--"Record Searchlight"

"The best book on trees."--"San Francisco Chronicle"

"Beautifully illustrated and designed, this gorgeous reference book explores the world of trees from every perspective. . . . This unique volume is a complete visual guide to the magnificence of the arboreal world."--"Sierra Heritage"

"Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world."--"Washington Post"
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520256506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520256507
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book I've been waiting for - a general book on trees that's both informative and enjoyable. It covers virtually all aspects of trees, from their biology and ecology to their uses in human society, and does so extremely well. The text is packed with information that's presented lucidly, even elegantly. There are literally hundreds of beautiful photographs, as well as many attractive and effective illustrations. The page layouts are also clear and appealing. In a word, this is a gem of a book.
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Divided into vague chapters, this book is loaded with remarkable photographs, but also offers interesting information, though it is by no means a textbook or science guide. Fun facts are illustrated, evolution and origins are discussed. I really enjoyed the Form and Function chapter, which separates comparative photos into sections on trunks, roots, leaves, etc. There are usually one to three pictures on a page, so it's not comprehensive, but it is fascinating and beautiful.

The Diversity and Design chapter introduces concepts of tree structure and variability, then offers pages and pages devoted to individual species, with a wealth of interesting illustrations and photos. A section at the end shows a wider selection of variations of shape, leaves, flowers, genera and biomes. This is followed by a glossary and a good index.

More than a photography book, though the photographs are the star, chapters include: A World of Trees, Form and Function, Diversity and Design, Communities of Life, Trees and the Human World, and An Indispensable Resource.

Wonderful book.
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This book is excellent for just about anyone. I used it as a textbook in a college course on the biology of trees and found it to be more than satisfactory. The pictures, as other reviewers have said, are wonderful. The content is wide-ranging and well written. All geographical regions and biomes are given good coverage. While most of the book emphasizes whole trees, tree communities and ecosystems, there is also information about cells, growth, anatomy, reproduction and other topics below the level of whole organism. The sections on uses and management of trees cover topics that many people might overlook. Even if you already know a lot about trees, you will find something new in this book.

There are, however, two problems that should be fixed in future printings or editions. First, the index should be beefed up to do justice to all the material in the book. It is often hard to relocate a topic or particular tree that caught your eye the first time through. Second, "survival of the fittest" is used to describe competition or parasitism (p. 80-81), which is incorrect. Natural selection occurs within a species, not between species, so another phrase might be better (perhaps they could paraphrase Tennyson: "nature green in tooth and claw").

Those are the only reasons why I didn't give the book five stars. But even if these flaws remain in the book, I would use it again to teach my students about trees. And I am pretty sure that this is one textbook my students will actually keep after the course is over.
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Everything you like to know about trees is in this book.
Even if you already know a lot about trees it's still very informative, surrounded by beautiful illustrations en photographs.

It's a general book on trees but at the same time so specific!
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The book has much information about trees and many color photographs, but if you mainly want to identify trees that you see, it is of limited use. It provides a silhouette and brief description of 99 of the "worlds' most exceptional trees" but the single accompanying photograph of each tree is often a close-up of the bark, cones, or flowers, and the coverage of each tree is presented in alphabetical order by the scientific name. The Sibley Guide to Trees is much better suited to identifying trees that you see but is limited to the trees of North America.
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A very, very good work. Every part of this book is well done.
Complete with outstanding photography.
It should be noted that this book is not a reference for the
identification of trees by species.
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Not a deep for someone looking for detailed biological information, but definitely worth the time for a non-biologist. The photographs are stupendous! The selection of trees covered is small, but isn't really intended to cover every tree out there. Just good basic information on how trees grow surrounded by great photography.
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This is an exceptional book. The photos are stunning and the text beautifully written. It is a real gem.
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