National Geographic Field Guide to Trees of North America

ISBN-10: 0792253108

ISBN-13: 9780792253105

Edition: 2006

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Ideal for backpacks and back pockets alike, this indispensable reference makes it easy to identify any tree commonly encountered between the Canadian Arctic and Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacificmore than 350 species in all. It's a natural for birders, hikers, and other outdoorsy types, but even confirmed urbanites will find plenty of information on city trees as well. Concise yet comprehensive, the book's clear, methodical approach enables anyone to recognize trees at a glance. Developed in consultation with botanists from The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Cornell University's renowned Bailey Hortorium, it separates species into two fundamental types: conifers and broad-leaved, then organizes them into genera based on common characteristics, presenting each in its presumed order of evolution. Major differences between species groups are explained, with advice on which parts of a tree to examine when a closer look is required. More than 1,000 annotated illustrations depict the height, shape, foliage, buds and seed of each species, with trees bearing a strong resemblance shown side by side to highlight their distinctive differences. The accompanying text and system of symbols provide the important details on features and habitat essential to quick, reliable identifications, while graphical keys indicate genus and species, listing both scientific and common names. The guide also includes a map charting tree hardiness and distribution based on widely recognized climactic zones; general information about individual species traits and history, a glossary; and more.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 2/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 4.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Author Keith Rushforth has written ten books, including The Mitchell Beazley Pocket Guide to Trees, that cover both tree identification and gardening using trees and shrubs. An expert urban forester, he is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Conifer Specialist Group. Consultants for this book include Dr. Glenn D. Dreyer, Director, Connecticut College Arboretum and Deborah Gangloff, Executive Director, American Forests

Introduction
Nomenclature
How to Use This Book
Symbols
Tree Distribution
Zones of Tree Hardiness
Abbreviations
How to Identify Trees
Identification Keys
Key to Genera
The Conifers
The Broadleaf Trees
Glossary
Index
Conversion Tables
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