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While not something considered a must-know for most, knowledge of trees can be handy in certain situations. What Tree Is That? A Guide to the More Common Trees Found in North America is a guide to understanding America's diversity when it comes to trees. A complete and comprehensive reference investigating over two hundred and fifty breeds of tree, What Tree Is That? is an easy-to-use reference. What Tree Is That is educational and highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review

While not something considered a must-know for most, knowledge of trees can be handy in certain situations. What Tree Is That? A Guide to the More Common Trees Found in North America is a guide to understanding America's diversity when it comes to trees. A complete and comprehensive reference investigating over two hundred and fifty breeds of tree, What Tree Is That? is an easy-to-use reference. What Tree Is That is educational and highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review

While not something considered a must-know for most, knowledge of trees can be handy in certain situations. What Tree Is That? A Guide to the More Common Trees Found in North America is a guide to understanding America's diversity when it comes to trees. A complete and comprehensive reference investigating over two hundred and fifty breeds of tree, What Tree Is That? is an easy-to-use reference. What Tree Is That is educational and highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit environmental and education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission of inspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. It has

  • helped plant nearly 10 million trees in 2007.
  • helped replant more than 10 million trees in national forests in the last ten years.
  • helped preserve over 48,000 acres of rain forest.

Karina I. Helm, a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz's prestigious science illustration program, painstakingly created original illustrations for What Tree Is That? based on her extensive training in biology and art. Her work has been displayed in juried exhibitions throughout the country and has appeared in numerous publications. Karina also teaches visual art techniques at art and natural history centers in and around Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Arbor Day Foundation (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963465759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963465757
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Eric P. Stewart on July 25, 2009
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I admit to not being much of a dyed-in-the-wool environmentalist ... until recently, that is. Now all that is changing. I'm actively trying to cultivate the tree-hugger in me these days.

When I hug a tree, though, I'd like to know its name.

Regretfully, I am pretty clueless about knowing how to look at a tree and tell you either its common name or its scientific appellation. So I got a book to help. It's by the Arbor Day Foundation, and it's called What Tree Is That?

This "guide to the more common trees found in North America" is turning me into a savant of silviculture. Yesterday I took it to a nearby arboretum -- actually, a tree-labeled stretch of the walking path around Wilde Lake in Columbia, Maryland -- in order to see whether it would guide me to the same tree designations as are posted on the signs in front of the trees. It did!

You have to play a game to identify a tree.

First -- after you turn to the proper section of the book, for either the Eastern U.S. or the Western U.S. -- you are asked to answer whether the tree has needles, or scale-like leaves that hug the twig, or leaves that are flat and thin. The first two are types of conifer or evergreen, while the latter represents broadleaf, deciduous trees. I chose the latter, and was directed to the next question.

It asked me to distinguish between trees whose leaves have just one single blade attached to each stalk or petiole, in which case the leaf is simple; more than one blade per petiole, in which case the leaf is compound; or fan-shaped leaves multiply attached to short, spur-like branches, in which case the tree is a ginkgo. I chose option two.

The next question wanted me to say whether the compound leaves were opposite or alternate.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Cohoon on April 29, 2009
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I know nothing about trees but I am interested in them. In the past I had used other tree ID guides when hiking and had a difficult time pin pointing what exact tree I was looking at. With this book it is easy and the series of questions lead me to the tree in front of me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Bellot on October 4, 2009
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For those who know little or nothing about trees, this book is a comprehensive and easy-to-follow tree identification resource. That is not to say that it is not for those with an understanding of trees. With the use of this book, one can easily identify and learn a great number of details about any of the trees common to the United States. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful and clear. I have a good many books about plants (including trees), but I believe this is the definitive resource I will most often use when dealing with trees.
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While not something considered a must know for most, knowledge of trees can be handy in certain situations. "What Tree is That: A Guide to the More Common Trees Found in North America" is a guide to understanding America's diversity when it comes to its trees. A complete and comprehensive reference investigating over two hundred and fifty breeds of tree, "What Tree is That" is an easy to use reference. "What Tree is That" is educational and highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Heath on September 16, 2009
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This is a great guide for those new to tree identification, hikers, gardeners, or those that work in the nursery field. There is nothing better on the market. I highly recommend this to Master Gardeners, Tree Stewards, Colleges, and Local Extension Offices. My local office is ordering a box full to use in the on-going Master Gardener class.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Phipps on April 18, 2013
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I found this to be a great book for it's intended purposes, but it would be nice to know that you won't find much luck identifying trees by their bark or other fall/winter characteristics.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jack on September 6, 2011
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Nice beginner introduction to one aspect of identifying trees. Completely ignores tree shape, bark, and trunk pattern, etc. Too few trees listed. Of the 9 species in wooded area behind my house, I could only find 2 in book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clarence Grafton on September 16, 2009
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This book is well-illustrated & very thoughtfully laid out! It's arranged in a logical "go-no go" manner to help you quickly identify the tree. (Don't try to open in the middle & go from there. Start at the beginning, follow the simple steps, and you'll soon have it identified.) -- It's also a nice size & has a good protective cover.
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