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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: 9.3 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

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

Review

“The best book on trees.”
(San Francisco Chronicle 2008-12-21)

“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 2008-09-15)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(Newsday 2008-05-04)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(Washington Post 2008-04-12)

“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 2009-05-01)

“Has the immediate appeal of fabulous photographs on every single page. . . . Looking at the pages can be [a transcendent experience].
(Terrain Magazine 2009-12-11)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(Arizona Republic 2008-05-03)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(Anniston Star 2008-04-18)

“A feast for the eyes and mind.”
(Bulletin 2008-04-09)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(Duluth News-Tribune 2008-04-19)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(Hartford Courant 2008-05-04)

“This book is stunning, filled with mesmerizing photographs and absorbing information in 300-plus pages. . . . Comprehensive . . . easy-to-read, [and] beautifully illustrated.”
(Houston Chronicle 2008-07-18)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(The Gazette 2008-05-01)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(The Olympian 2008-04-19)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(Daily Inter Lake 2008-04-19)

“Straightforward and well organized. . . . presented beautifully. The photographs are as abundant as the facts. Open and prepare to linger.”
(Record Searchlight 2008-12-06)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(Casper Star Tribune Sunday 2008-04-27)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(Vail Daily 2008-04-21)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(Twin Falls Times News 2008-04-23)

“Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world.”
(Canton Repository 2008-05-30)

“[A] gorgeous and informative guide.”
(Science News 2008-04-12)

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This is followed by a glossary and a good index.
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There are literally hundreds of beautiful photographs, as well as many attractive and effective illustrations.
J. Handleman
This book is just that-a casual observer's picture guide to trees and how they grow.
M. Pippenger

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Handleman on May 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 8, 2010
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eline Croes on April 6, 2010
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By O. Sholes on February 29, 2012
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cleo Chai on March 13, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Pippenger on January 29, 2011
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I bought this as a coffee table book, just to look at different trees and different aspects of tree growth. This book is just that-a casual observer's picture guide to trees and how they grow. Very fun, informative and colorful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Kittrell on November 12, 2009
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This book is very informative for people who do not know a lot about trees and those they do know. The illustrations in this book are vary helpful to explain and clarify what the book is talking about. I would recommend this book to anyone no matter how much they know about trees before reading this. the pictures are some of the best i have seen published in any book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Ferona on April 19, 2013
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This book is well-written book on trees and is a great addition to your home's reference library. There is so much information on this book that it will keep you busy reading for years to come.
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