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Trees of the California Landscape: A Photographic Manual of Native and Ornamental Trees Hardcover – September 4, 2007

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"Belongs right next to 'The Sunset Western Garden Book' in the core library of every California landscape architect, designer, horticulturist and nursery worker. Planners, builders and developers should also find it indispensable."--"Herbertia"

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"A valuable resource for both student and practitioner. The text and photos are clear, concise, and informative. A valuable addition to any library, the general public as well."—Kenneth S. Nakaba, FASLA, Professor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

"This is the treed landscape knowledge source, and the design and management tool we have all been hoping to see for decades. Bridging horticulture and design, it spans without judgment native specifics, introduced "near-native," and "not-so-near-native" trees. It provides the much asked-for design settings as well as the species characteristics in all their delight and imagery. This exhaustive treatise on California trees even sets the context for the big issues of climate, geomorphic, topographic and hydrologic effects, and how we design with trees so as to be true partners in the best future for California."—Joe Brown, Principal, EDAW, Inc.

"I find the concept for Chuck's book quite exciting and envision it will be used both by those involved with urban landscapes as well as those involved with restoration of native habitats. It is a well-researched compendium that will aid anyone who is interested in trees and their use in a wide variety of situations. The photographs in the book are an excellent aid in tree identifications and the single volume will reduce the need carry around multiple references for identification of both native as well as non-native trees. It is my hope that Chuck's book will stimulate greater use of California's drought tolerant native trees in landscape plantings because of their reduced water requirements and ecological compatibility with other native plants and animals."—Monty Knudsen, Assistant Project Leader, USDI Fish & Wildlife Service

"Trees of the California Landscape is a masterful combination of those native and non-Californian species that have importance in wildlands or the designed landscape or both. Each of the 468-plus pages is devoted to a single species, with photographs of the tree, the bark, and leafy branches accompanied by an amazingly efficient text that summarizes the natural distribution, key identification traits, tree architecture, longevity, and suitable habitats for planting, all in a very readable style. Charles Hatch has created an excellent reference for forest ecologists, landscape designers, horticulturalists, and restoration specialists—not only in California, but throughout the United States."—Michael G. Barbour, Professor of Plant Ecology, University of California, Davis

"This richly illustrated book provides a much needed resource for students, educators and practitioners."—Margarita M. Hill, Head, Landscape Architecture Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 542 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520251245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520251243
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Trees are a tricky thing adequately display in a two-dimensional book format. A great book shouldn't merely have a photo of the tree's overall growth habit at a distance, but it should also possess close-up views of the foliage, fruit or seed pods, and other delineating factors. A majority of people simply can't identify a tree without examining some of its finer detailed characteristics. Unfortunately, no author seemed to understand this... until now. Charles Batches' book is darn near close to ideal in this regard.

I bought this book on a whim because I was teaching a class on tree identification and cultural habits at a local university. Although I hadn't seen the book prior to purchasing it, I didn't have a whole lot of hope that it would offer much more than what was already available. Thankfully, I was completely wrong. Now my only regret was that I didn't find this book sooner or I would have assigned it as the students' textbook.

The author not only provides very competent photos of each specimen, descriptions, and cultural habits, but he also had exceptional indexes that compare leaves, seed pods, flowers, and on and on. It is extremely difficult to cover all of the diverse tree species that we have in California, but I'd say that this book contains a solid 90% of the more common varieties. This is a very valuable resource to have whether you're an educator or merely appreciate the trees that surround our landscape in California.
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Trees of the California Landscape is a treasure and should be in the library of every tree lover in California. It has excellent photos of a lot of trees: from a distance, and also close-up shots of their flowers, leaves, and bark. One can use this book to identify a great number of trees by just thumbing through the pages and simply finding the tree. There are also other ways. If you know what the flowers, leaves, or fruits of a particular tree look like you can take a different route and identify it through them. There's a wealth of information on each tree and so much more hidden in every nook and cranny of this book. I definitely recommend it; well worth the money.
Elliott F. Parivar, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Horticulture
Los Angeles Pierce College
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This is a huge beautiful book designed for landscapers, planners and architects. One of the smartest things about it is that for almost all the deciduous trees listed there is a photo of the tree in leaf and bare. Frequently the exact same tree! If you love trees, as I do, and live in California, this book is a treasure. However, although a great reference, it is pricey and heavy, and not a field guide. Also, it does not include fruit trees or shrubs, so it's not a general landscape book. I first borrowed it at my library - but I was greedy and had to have a copy for myself, and I have put it to good uset in the landscaping around our place where we've planted many CA natives.It's magnificent.
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This is the most comprehensive compilation of facts about trees you will find in California anywhere. Before I bought this book I went to my local library to see it and judge if it were a reference book I would/could keep for a long time. There are few if any used ones for sale in the market place. This indicates to me that those that buy this book KEEP it. It was a lot of money to spend on a book but it is well worth it. It's a keeper!!
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I bought "Trees of the California Landscape" to identify the hundreds of trees I see at home and during our travels throughout the state. With 540 glossy pages, the book is fairly heavy and thus is not handy as a field guide. However, if you have sample leaves and/or pods from a tree and have a good recollection (or photo) of the bark, identification is easy using the book at home. So far I haven't seen any tree that isn't covered in the book. The tree and bark photos are very good. Many of the leaf photos, especially in the leaf illustration guide, show the leaves as dark green or nearly black which are not realistic colors. Overall though, the book is an excellent guide which I am very glad I bought.
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I love this book! It's beautiful, concise, and complete. Every time I pick it up, I find myself reading further than I needed to, just because it's interesting, informative and well-written. I especially appreciate the summaries at the front: CA geography, climate & vegetation. They are very helpful and give a great overview. There's a taxonomic section at the back with examples of leaf, flower and fruit types, a great glossary, and a key. As a field biologist, this book is a valuable resource which I go to often. I can see this book could be essential for landscape architects, horticulturalists, and nature lovers of all kinds.
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This is a comprehensive guide to street trees of California. It not only contains hundreds of pictures of trees and leaves, but it also has a detailed key to trees also. It isn't perfect - it couldn't help me to identify my neighbor's Coast Banksia (I had to ask), but it contains most of the common trees found in a Southern California suburb. A familiarity with botany definitely will help though. I highly recommend this book if you are seriously interested in identifying your local trees.
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