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Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Eastern Region Imitation Leather – May 12, 1980

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For the untrained observer, it can be quite a challenge to sort out the many trees that make up a stand of older forest in, say, New England or the Ozarks. This well-illustrated guidebook, covering 364 species, comes to the rescue with photographs organized in several ways: by, for example, the shape of the leaf or needle, by the fruit, by the flower or cone, and by autumn coloration. Following one visible characteristic or another, the reader can narrow the range of possibilities, then turn to an informative text that describes a tree's physical characteristics, habitat, and range. Many of the species covered are relatively rare, such as the "stinking cedar" of the Georgia-Florida border; others are locally abundant, such as the paper birch of the boreal forest, used to make ice-cream sticks; still others, such as the smooth sumac, are widespread. The guidebook also covers ornamentals introduced from other continents, such as the Chinese privet and Mahaleb cherry. --Gregory McNamee

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Tree peepers everywhere will enjoy these two guides which explore the incredible environment of our country's forests-including seasonal features, habitat, range, and lore. Nearly 700 species of trees are detailed in photographs of leaf shape, bark, flowers, fruit, and fall leaves -- all can be quickly accessed making this the ideal field guide for any time of year.
Note: the Eastern Edition generally covers states east of the Rocky Mountains, while the Western Edition covers the Rocky Mountain range and all the states to the west of it.
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Product Details

  • Imitation Leather: 714 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; Chanticleer Press Ed edition (May 12, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394507606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394507606
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This field guide is an excellent field to the trees typically found east of the continental divide of the United States. This guide includes photos and descriptions of 315 species of trees, excluding about 100 trees of south Florida and a small number of imported varieties. The front 1/2 of the book includes 630 photos of leaves and bark, flowers, cones and fruit, and autumn leaves. The second 1/2 contains detailed descriptions of the 315 species presented in the front portion of the book. A detailed index including both common and scientific names is found in the rear of the book
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If you live north of a line from Virginia to Northern California get Trees of Northern United States and Canada by John Farrar: a) Superior Bark Photographs - bark at different ages when necessary, full trunk shown b) Line drawings leaf, bud and flower (supplemented with color photos when necessary). c) Key guides for both summer and winter identification. d) Everything on one page. This book is the result of over 40 years by the Canadian Forest Service.
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This book relies heavily on color photos of bark, leaves, flowers, and fruiting bodies. This method makes winter identification diificult, and even when in leaf subtleties which differentiate species may not be evident. I use the Peterson guide to trees and shrubs (ISBN 039535370X) as my primary resource, and use the Audubon book as a secondary source.
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This is a excellant ID manual for the trees in the eastern USA and Canada. I feel that the way the manual is layed out is a big plus. The photos are very good. This is a book for all levels of the studing of these beautiful kings of the earth.
The only area that can be improved (in my opinion) is the IDing of trees in the winter stage or off season.
Overall, this book/manual is very portable and is easy to transport, fitting well in a backpack.
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There may be better books out there (according to other reviews contained herein), but, for the novice, I don't think you'll find an easier to use guide. I have two other Audubon guides as well and plan on adding more to my collection.
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We just purhased some new land with an abundance of trees. While I don't consider myself to be a tree expert, there where quite a few that stumped my husband and I. This is where this great little book came in handy. It lets you identify trees based on either flower, leaf, bark, etc and has them sorted into appropriate sections with colored photos. Needless to say, we have used this book time and time again. It is a nice size too so that you can take it with you.
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Trees thrive all around us; but how much do we know about them? If you want to learn about your best friends and neighbors in a hurry, Elbert Little's field guide is a good way. I lived with a Black Walnut for 23 years before realizing my tall friend is the scarcest and most coveted of native hardwoods and was especially terrific for gunstocks. And I didn't know my two neighborly Common Persimmons were having a lovely relationship with one another (they must in order to produce the fruit), nor that their name was derived from the Algonquin.

If you'd like to identify a stranger, Little's organization by thumb tabs based on leaf shape makes it easy to find the section where your tree is pictured with its leaves and bark in a full color photo. He also provides separate sections showing us flowers and fruit. You'll be charmed by an especially brilliant section showing red, orange, brown and gold autumn leaves.

Who but a dendrologist, or tree identification specialist, would know so well how to share all this knowledge of trees? And Elbert Little is not just any dendrologist, mind you, but the former Chief Dendrologist of the U.S. Forest Service.

What is a tree, really? According to Little, it's a "woody plant with an erect perennial trunk at least 3 inches in diameter at breast height, and definitely formed crown of foliage, and a height of at least 13 feet." That's good to know.

If you love words (as I do), you're lucky to get a glossary with "lanceolate," "nutlet," "pith," "sepal," "stamen," and "whorled" fully explained.
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If you are serious about identifying trees, this book won't help much. A lot of the most common trees are omitted, particularly in the oak family. The thrust of this book seems more toward the odder varieties. I wish I had my money back.
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