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Native Trees of the Southeast Paperback – Illustrated, June 4, 2007
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From the Back Cover
- Describes 229 trees native to the southeastern United States
- 591 photographs fully integrated into the text
- Range maps show tree distributions in the Southeast and adjoining areas
- Covers the Carolinas, eastern Tennessee, Georgia, northern Florida, Alabama, Mississipi, Louisiana, and eastern Arkansas and Texas
- Includes keys to trees in both summer and winter conditions
- Compact, field-friendly refernece for students, professionals, tree lovers and native plant enthusiasts
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Perhaps the part of this book I found to be most useful was the "Distinguishing Characteristics" section under each species. In this section, the species is compared with look-a-like species and the book describes features which aid in a positive identification.
One thing that buyers should note before purchasing this book is that it is organized according to scientific names. Although the common names appear throughout with all trees, it is alphabetized by scientific family names and always lists the scientific name first. This takes some getting used to if you are not a plant scientist, but, after a while, it was kind of cool to be able to know the common names and the scientific names.
I have used a lot of high quality field guides for trees including the Sibley, the National Wildlife Federation, Peterson's, and others, and this one has been, by far, the best for the region. I would recommend it for anyone, from the tree scientist to the casual outdoor enthusiast who wants to learn more tree identification skills in the Southeast.
The book starts off with some introductory information, including how to use the keys, and line drawings of identification features to illustrate the botanical terms used in the book. This should make it accessible to a lay person without prior knowledge in botany. The introduction is followed by both summer and winter keys. The main section of the book goes into more detail for each tree family, including summer and winter keys down to species level, and a description of each species with distinguishing characteristics, habitat and range, and uses. Images include distribution maps and color photographs. The pictures are smallish and limited to leaves, twigs, fruits etc., but combined with the text it is possible to clearly identify each tree. The information provided is excellent. At the end of the book, a section on introduced and naturalized trees is included, followed by a glossary, conversion tables (inches to cm etc.), and an index with both common and scientific names. The cover feels quite sturdy and has a convenient ruler on the back (both inches and centimeters).
In summary, this is a very nice all-seasons field guide to trees for botanists and those interested in learning more about trees and their identification.
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