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Winter Tree Finder: A Manual for Identifying Deciduous Trees in Winter (Eastern US) (Nature Study Guides) Paperback – January 1, 1970
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An excellent and inexpensive pocket-sized key to winter identification. -- Denise Ellsworth, Akron Beacon Journal, Feb. 12, 2000
This is an excellent and inexpensive pocket-sized key to winter identification. -- Akron Beacon Journal, February 12, 2000
Winter Tree Finder has been my bible for as long as it's been available. It fits easily into your hip pocket and contains wonderfully clear illustrations showing the branch pattern, bud shape, fruit, and appearance of all the major midwestern and eastern tree species. You can find more comprehensive tree books, but not one that better combines breadth and utility. It's a terrific book to have when you're examining your new woods. Better still, this volume is only the tip of the iceberg. Nature Study Guild also publishes four tree finder books. . .divided by region, not to mention more than a dozen guides to wildflowers, ferns, berries, mammals, and even a Winter Weed Finder. -- William Bryant Logan, in Garden Design Magazine, February 1995
Winter tree walk: It's easiest to identify trees by their leaves, but equipped with a good key like May Watts' Winter Tree Finder, you will quickly learn the dozen species that dominate any given tree stand. Start with evergreens (use Watts' Tree Finder), since there are so few species and their distinctive leaves make identification easy. -- Susan Eschbach, in The Conservationist, February 1995
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I have not been able to find such a comprehensive and easily portable guide to using leaf scars, buds, and twigs to identify trees in any other source.
The entire book is only 58 pages long and easily fits in a pocket or backpack. Page 1 includes a nice diagram and description of the parts of a twig. Then you progress through a series of questions and drawings that helps you arrive at the identification of the tree. The last few pages include an index and the rear cover has a little measuring rule.
On the whole, this is a useful and fun guide to trees while hiking in the winter.
For such a small book, it packs a lot of trees into it - Eastern North America only. You won't find hybrids, some imports (garden) trees, but it packs in over 100 common trees & can lead anyone into a quick, accurate identification with very little practice. It's small enough to fit into a back pocket without a bulge, which means I'm more likely to have it with me when I want it. That's the biggest plus. The more comprehensive books are OK, but they're always back at the house when I need them or in the way as I walk through the woods & want to take a picture. Not this book!
I have several tree ID books & I may outgrow this one. But I haven't outgrown "The Tree Finder" by the same authors (for trees with leaves) & I've been using it for a couple of years on a pretty regular basis. Often I'll think I've found a tree that won't be in it, but there it is. It's been so worthwhile that I got a second copy to keep in the truck.
1. Identifying actual twigs in the woods wasn't as easy as following along with the "if this, then this" steps. There is a lot of gray area and a lot that had me scratching my head. Here are two examples:
"If there are several scattered vein scars on a slightly-raised leaf scar, and the pith is 5-sided or star-shaped, it is an OAK." What does "slightly-raised" mean? I don't have any reference point to measure it against.
"If the leaf scars are marked with 3 to 5 vein scars; and two buds, depressed, looking like craters on the Moon, push out above the leaf scar; and if the pith is thick and salmon-colored, it is Kentucky Coffee Tree."
Now, I must note, they explain what leaf and vein scars and piths are in the front of the book, but even so, I found myself saying, "Well, it sort of looks like that but, then again ... ." Or, "well, it has some of those characteristics, but not all."
2. They include black and white illustrations of twigs to help you along. But, again, they weren't definitive enough in some instances---which forces you to guess, especially when it comes to the colors they describe. For example, "Light satiny gray" or "darker, pewter-gray. Perhaps most people know the difference, but I had to come back and look it up. And that's just one example. There are also several examples like this when it comes to texture.
3. Some of the twigs to the larger trees are WAY to high to ever have a shot at getting them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I tested it out and you really can ID any tree with this handy field book. Love it!Published 4 months ago by Wixie
Identifying trees in the winter is a bit more of a challenge with no leaves to guide you. This book is an excellent source for your winter walks through the woods with accurate... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wandering boy