Trees - Identification

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John Laird Farrar.  Features more than three hundred (300) native and introduced species of trees found throughout Canada and the Northern United States (to Virginia in the east and northern California in the west).  Species are organized into twelve (12) groups, based on leaf shape and arrangement along the twig for easy identification.  Includes summer and winter keys.  Detailed descriptions include illustrations of leaves, seeds, flowers, twigs, form, young and mature bark and more.  This reference is simply the best and most complete book on the trees of northern North America ever published. 6-3/4 x 10, 540p, 600 color photos, 1660 illustrations, 1995. OVERSIZE. Sorry, this title has gone out of print - limited copies remaining!
T1993 hardcover..........US $46.95 CAN $50.00

John L. Farrar.  One of the most complete books on the trees of northern North America.  Identifies over 300 species of conifer and broadleaf trees found in the upper United States (VA to northern CA) and Canada.  Includes: range maps showing the territory of each species; an easy tree identification method based on leaf shape and arrangement along the twig; keys for summer and winter identification, and; 600 color photographs and 1,600 drawings of special features useful for identification.  A "must" for the forest professional, naturalist, or anyone fascinated by trees and forests. 6-1/2 x 9-3/4, 512p, color photos, illustrations, 1995. OVERSIZE.
T740X hardcover..........US $87.95 CAN $105.95
         ON SALE..........US $72.95 CAN $82.95........ limited quantity available!

David Sibley.  Covers the identification of 668 native and commonly cultivated trees found in the temperate areas of North America north of Mexico.  Detailed species illustrations combine with concise descriptions.  Highlighted features include: leaves (including multiple leaf shapes and fall leaf color); bark; needles; cones; flowers; fruit; twigs, and; silhouettes.  Trees are arranged taxonomically, with all related species grouped together.  Includes essays on taxonomy, the cultivation of trees, and conservation issues.  Accessible, easy-to-use format.  A highly-illustrated handbook for every tree enthusiast and naturalist. 6-1/4 x 9-1/2, 464p, 4,100+ color paintings, 500+ range maps, 2009. OVERSIZE.
S519X paperback..........US $39.95 CAN $45.00

IDENTIFYING TREES: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America
Michael Williams.  Identify most of the trees ("every common tree") found growing in eastern North America, in any season.  Features color photographs showing: bark; branching patterns; fruits, flowers or nuts, and overall appearance; as well as leaf color and shape - all chosen to illustrate trees throughout the year (in spring, summer, fall and winter).  The accompanying text describes common habitat and identifying characteristics.  Includes an easy-to-use "leaf identification key."  Created for in-the-field or at-home use, a "field-tested" guide seeking to make tree identification fun and easy.  5-1/2 x 8-1/4, 416p, 600 color photos, 200 b&w illustrations, 2007. 
I3602 paperback ..........US $31.95 CAN $43.95

WHAT TREE IS THAT?: A guide to the more common trees found in North America 
Arbor Tree Foundation.  A helpful field guide to identify over 250 of the most common trees by their leaves found in the United States and Canada (cultivars, uncommon species and palm trees excluded).  In some cases, fruiting bodies, seeds or other parts are included to help in proper identification.  Utilizes a user-friendly, step-by-step approach (answers to a series of questions lead to identification).  Includes common and scientific names, full-color botanical illustrations, and describes measurements in inches and centimeters.  A handy, educational tree booklet. 8-1/2 x 4, 164p, color illustrations, 2009.
W5759 paperback..........US $14.95 CAN $19.95

Keith Rushforth, Charles Hollis.  A reference to identify any tree commonly encountered between the Canadian Arctic and Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacific - more than 350 species in all.  Layout and methodical approach enables quick and reliable identification.  Concise descriptions accompanied by illustrations depicting the height, shape, foliage, buds and seed of each species.  Includes details on key features/species traits, habitat, history, hardiness and distribution, and more.  A comprehensive, authoritative field identification guide. 4-1/2 x 8-1/2, 272p, 1,000+ color, illustrations, map, 2006.
N3108 paperback ..........US $17.95 CAN $24.95

CITY TREES: ID Guide to Urban & Suburban Species
Kenneth Schoon.  A guide to help identify the trees most often found in cities, suburbs, small towns, neighborhoods, parks, and empty lots.  Species accounts for 129 trees commonly found in urban environments across North America - both native and nonnative species.  Contains more than 200 color photographs of leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds, as well as details about the history and ranges of the trees.  A concise resource for anyone interested in learning about the natural world right outside the front door. 5-1/2 x 8-1/4, 144p, 213 color photos, 2011.
C7598 paperback..........US $16.95 CAN $22.95

THE EASY TREE GUIDE: Common and Cultivated Trees of the United States and Canada
Keith Rushforth.  This handy, comprehensive identification guide covers 170 species, both indigenous and introduced.  A color photograph of each species is accompanied by drawings illustrating foliage, blossom and fruit, with notes on key characteristics that assist identification.  Includes a scaled silhouette to give a size indication.  Text outlines the species' salient features, describes its range and habitat, as well as detailing its commercial and/or decorative uses.  An easy-to-use resource that aids in swift and accurate identification. 6 x 9, 288p, approx. 1000 color photos & drawings, 2004.
Sorry, this title has gone out of print - only 2 copies remaining!
E0684 paperback..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

THE BOOK OF LEAVES: A Leaf-by-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World's Great Trees
Allen Coombes; Zsolt Debreczy (ed.).  An illustrated reference offering a visually stunning and scientifically engaging guide to six hundred (600) of the most impressive and beautiful leaves from around the world.  Each leaf is reproduced here at its actual size, in full color, and is accompanied by an explanation of the range, distribution, abundance, and habitat of the tree on which it's found.  Brief scientific and historical accounts of each tree and related species include fun-filled facts and anecdotes that broaden its portrait.  "From the familiar friends of our backyards to the giants of deep woods, The Book of Leaves brings the forest to life - and to our living rooms - as never before." 7-1/2 x 10, 656p, 600 color plates, 600 line drawings, 600 maps, 2010. OVERSIZE.
B9735 hardcover..........US $55.00 CAN $73.95

Award Winner.  Learn to recognize at a glance the fifteen (15) most common trees in the United States - in just one hour.  Uses a pattern-based learning method to teach anyone to identify common trees, step-by-step.  "A fabulously engaging way to open your eyes to the beauty, wonder and joys of trees."  A personal tutor and tree primer. 7 x 9, 256p, b&w photos throughout, 2005.
S4040 paperback ..........US $12.00 CAN $16.95

BARK: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast
Michael Wojtech.  "...What kind of tree is that?  From Maine to New York, you'll never be stumped again with this handy companion to the trees of the Northeast."  With detailed information and illustrations covering each phase of a tree's lifecycle, this guide explains how to identify trees by their bark alone.  Features 67 native and naturalized tree species not only found in New England and eastern New York State.  Chapters on the structure and ecology of tree bark, descriptions of bark appearance, an easy-to-use identification key, and supplemental information on non-bark characteristics will show you how to distinguish the textures, shapes, and colors of bark to recognize various tree species, and also understand why these traits evolved.  When the leaves have fallen or are out reach, an indispensable reference guide. 5-1/2 x 8-3/4, 280p, 283 color photos, 151 b&w illustrations, 65 maps, 2011.
B8525 paperback..........US $29.95 CAN $41.00

OUR NATIVE TREES AND HOW TO IDENTIFY THEM: A Popular Study of Their Habits and Their Peculiarities
Harriet Keeler.  A facsimile reproduction of the original 1900 edition that garnered this prominent naturalist national attention.  ..."The trees described . . . are those indigenous to the region extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rocky Mountains and from Canada to the northern boundaries of the southern states; together with a few well-known and naturalized foreign trees."  Descriptions include photographs and illustrations, as well as details on range, bark, wood, leaves, winter buds, flowers, and fruit.  A timeless guide "that will aid a new generation eager to identify and thus better appreciate what they observe outdoors." 5-1/4 x 7-3/4, 574p, 304 b&w photos + illustrations, 1900, 2005.
O8380 paperback ..........US $22.95 CAN $29.95

Richard Preston, Richard Braham.  A comprehensive reference designed for the general public.  Covers nearly all trees (north of Mexico and tropical Florida) in technically usable detail.  Listings contain names, nomenclature, form, leaves, flowers, cones, or fruits, twigs and buds, bark, wood, natural history, varieties, hybrids, range, and line drawings to assist in identification.  New edition features updated nomenclature, simplified terminology, additional keys, and more.  A valuable reference for anyone who loves or works with trees. 6 x 9, 544p, b&w illustrations, maps, 2002. OVERSIZE.
N5266 print-on-demand..........US $88.95 CAN $106.95

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TREES: Canada and the United States
Sam Benvie.  Includes descriptions of 278 trees native to North America, listed by botanical names (A to Z), outlining growing habits and habitat preferences, a tree's most salient identifying characteristics, and environmental and human values.  Contains illustrations of typical tree and leaf shapes, bark textures, flowers and mature fruit.  A tree-hardiness chart and zone map are included.  A good overall reference.  8-1/2 x 11, 300p, 350 color illustrations., b&w illustrations, 1999. OVERSIZE.
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E4558 paperback..........US $29.95 CAN $35.00

William Carey Grimm, revised by John Kartesz.  Grimm's classic field guide to more than 250 trees of eastern North America has been the authority on tree identification for over 40 years.  This revised edition includes more than 30 recently-introduced species and incorporates changes in taxonomy, nomenclature, and geographic range.  Written in a straightforward, nonscientific language for beginning botanists of any age.  A valuable resource. 6 x 9, 710p, 225 line drawings, 2002. 
I8110 paperback..........US $29.95 CAN $39.95

Alan Mitchell.  From a world renowned dendrologist, a highly informative guide to the native and introduced species found on our continent.  Each tree is pictured as it would appear in a typical landscape, with each of its features - such as seasonal changes, leaf shape, flowers, seeds, bark - illustrated in fine detail and clearly labeled.  An authoritative reference and a tribute to the rich variety of trees on North America. 9 x 11-3/4, 192p, color illustrations, 2002.
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T8778 paperback..........US $14.98 CAN $19.95

TREES: DK's Smithsonian Handbook (2/e)
Allen J. Coombes.  A comprehensive guide to more than 500 tree species from around the world. Concise text and clear photographs makes identification sure and simple.  Each species entry combines a precise description with annotated photos to highlight the tree's chief characteristics and distinguishing features.  A photo-encyclopedic guide for beginners and established enthusiasts alike. 5-7/8 x 8-1/4, 320p, 1500+ color photos, 2002.
T0725 paperback..........US $20.00 CAN $27.00

Susan A. Roth.  The definitive easy-to-use guide.  Features 200 of the best cultivars for spring bloom, fall color, showy fruit, ornamental bark, disease resistance, and attracting birds and wildlife.  Includes 350+ species.  Demonstrates proper pruning, planting, placement, and growing techniques.  Features a gallery of color identification photos, with a picture for every genus + a photograph of distinguishing features. 5-1/2 x 8-1/4, 400p, 200 color photos, 2001.
T8899 flexi....................US $23.00 CAN $34.95
         ON SALE...........US $19.95 CAN $26.95........ only 1 copy remaining!

William M. Harlow.  Easy-to-use, compact handbook describes more than 140 trees.  Covers plant size, shape, leaf, flowers, fruit, twigs, buds, bark, habitat, distribution, commercial use, ecological importance, edibility, folklore, and more.  A timeless reference. 4-1/2 x 6-3/8, 288p, over 600 photos, 1942, 1957.
T3956 paperback..........US $10.95 CAN $14.95

FOREST TREES of the United States and Canada and How to Identify Them
Elbert L. Little, Jr..  Describes 204 species, divided into eastern and western regions.  Includes concise information, drawings of leaf and fruit, maps, and a simple key.  A handy, straightforward reference. 6 x 9, 80p, illustrations, 1980.
Sorry, this title has gone out of print - only 2 copies remaining!
F9020 paperback..........US $5.95 CAN $8.95

J.A. Cope, Fred E. Winch.  A timeless, popular field guide to identifying fifty (50) common tree species of the northeastern United States.  Illustrated, with summer and winter keys, descriptions of growth, wood, twigs, bark, fruit, leaves, and distinguishing features.  Includes updated nomenclature, major revisions to the keys, and glossary.  A handy reference. 5-3/4 x 8-1/2, 76p, b&w illustrations, 2002.
K3011 spiral-bound..........US $6.50 CAN $8.95

TREE IDENTIFICATION BOOK: A New Method for the Practical Identification and Recognition of Trees
George Symonds.  A timeless reference that makes tree identification fast and easy.  "Pictorial keys" are categorized (leaves, bark, fruits, etc.) to quickly narrow a positive tree i.d. to one of a small group - the family or genus.  "Master pages" then contain detailed info by tree species, highlighting differences within the family group.  A handy, accessible guide that takes the confusion and complication out of tree identification. 8-1/2 x 11, 272p, 1500+ b&w photos, 1958, reprint 1974.
T0395 paperback..........US $21.99 CAN $27.99

Jean Lauriault.  Lists every tree in Canada, including range maps and a detailed study of its leaves and fruit.  Identification methods are explained, making the guide easy to use for everyone.  Detailed and beautifully illustrated. 6-1/2 x 9-3/4, 320p, b&w illustrations & drawings, 1992.
I1330 paperback..........US $11.95 CAN $12.95 

MUENSCHER'S KEYS TO WOODY PLANTS: An Expanded Guide to Native and Cultivated Species
Edward Cope.  A revision of Muenscher's classic identification reference treats 335 genera and 1,156 species of woody plants found in the Northeast United States, including 570 cultivated species.  Identify trees and shrubs in all seasons by means of diagnostic field characteristics (i.e. leaves, fruits, buds, twigs, and bark).  A valuable, comprehensive guide for both novices and seasoned professionals. 6-1/8 x 9-1/4, 368p, 5 line drawings, 2001.
M7021 paperback..........US $28.95 CAN $38.95

William M Harlow.  Two books in one volume comprise one of the handiest, most widely-used identification aids for naturalists, hikers, farmers, scouts, and more.  Fruit key covers 120 deciduous and evergreen species; twig key covers 160 deciduous species.  "A timeless classic." 5-3/8 x 8-1/2, 126p, 300 b&w photos, 1941.
F5118 paperback..........US $6.95 CAN $9.95

IDENTIFY TREES & SHRUBS BY THEIR LEAVES: A Guide to Trees & Shrubs Native to the Northeast 
Edward Knobel.  A handy guide to explore and understand the woodlands of the NE United States.  Contains 215 line drawings of the leaves of common evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs.  Descriptions for each plant include brief comments on its distinguishing physical attributes and uses.  A good, handy resource. 8-1/2 x 6, 47p, b&w line drawings, 1972.
Sorry, this title has gone out of print - only 2 copies remaining!
I8967 paperback ..........US $5.95 CAN $8.50

Roger Phillips.  This classic guide to tree identification contains over 1,000 color photographs.  Each tree is illustrated in full detail - by leaf, flower, fruit, bark, and mature tree shape - and is fully described in the text.  A unique leaf index makes identification simple and accurate.  An indispensable companion for both the enthusiast and the botanist. 8-1/2 x 11, 224p, 1000+ color photos, 1978.
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T5412 paperback ..........US $29.95 CAN $36.95

TREE FINDER: A Manual for the Identification of Trees by Their Leaves
May T. Watts.  The classic key to identifying trees by their leaves and needles.  Includes 161 native and common introduced trees found east of the Rockies.  Shows range and habitat of each species.  A handy, pocket-sized field guide filled with information.  Originally published as Master Tree Finder. 4 x 6, 64p, b&w line drawings, 1998.
T0015 paperback..........US $5.95 CAN $7.95

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Edward A. Cope.  A useful manual that provides for easy identification, covering roughly eastern Canada and the northeastern quarter of the United States (from ME south to the southern border of PA, west to KS and north to ND).  Includes 27 genera and 130 species.  Because it includes so many cultivated species, the book treats the majority of conifers found in western United States and Europe.   A thorough, easy-to-use guide that will appeal to both the amateur naturalist as well as the professional botanist. 6 x 9, 224p, b&w illustrations, 1986.
N3609 paperback..........US $29.95 CAN $39.95

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