- Series: Golden Field Guide from St. Martin's Press
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press; Revised, Updated edition (April 14, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582380929
- ISBN-13: 978-1582380926
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 135 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trees of North America: A Guide to Field Identification, Revised and Updated (Golden Field Guide from St. Martin's Press) Revised, Updated Edition
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Golden Guides first appeared in 1949 and quickly established themselves as authorities on subjects from Natural History to Science. Relaunched in 2000, Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press feature modern, new covers as part of a multi-year, million-dollar program to revise, update, and expand the complete line of guides for a new generation of students.
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One nice feature is a short 8-page visual quick-reference guide which allows you to get a sense for the typical character of the major tree families at a glance. Another very thoughtful feature of the book are little "comparison" sections that dedicate a little space to helping you key in on the distinguishing features of trees which are the most superficially similar. Examples include how to differentiate soft and hard pines, how to sort out spruces and hemlocks from true and Douglas firs, and how to discriminate cypresses from junipers. To their credit, the authors also expand the scope of the book to include a number of woody plants which seldom grow to be much more than shrubs - a nice addition which contributes to the feel of completeness. My one minor complaint is that no real identification key is included...to figure out what a particular tree is, you need to flip through the book to do a bit of visual searching. Given that many tree species are fairly distinctive, however, this is not a serious flaw.
I highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in trees or tree identification - and for less than $10, you can't beat the price!