How I love trees! They provide our oxygen, cleanse the air of pollutants, restore our planet to health. Perhaps we’re becoming more aware these days of the importance of the grand and wooded inhabitants that share our earth. I like to think so. But what do we know about them as separate species? Can you name the trees in your own yard? Peterson Field Guides has a most invaluable volume called A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs. If you’re planning on spending any time outdoors this summer, whether it’s in the woods or in your own backyard, Trees and Shrubsis worthy of being at your side.
I’m a little rusty when it comes to trees. I know a lot of my pines due to growing up in the northern regions of the U.S., and I can spot a maple, an elm, a mighty oak. But there are many maples, elms, and oaks. Distinguishing those gets a little hazy for me. I had a 6th grade teacher who “made” us do very involved projects identifying about 50 different tree species, as well as collecting leaves from each. Had I only had one of these guides, perhaps I’d have had an easier time locating that elusive osage orange! (Heavens, that still gives me nightmares.) Somehow, flipping through the pages of Trees and Shrubs is much more enjoyable than having my former teacher lecture us on the lobes of the sassafrass leaf. I have even started bringing leaves home with me for identification if my guide isn’t nearby.
The book is set up with sketches rather than photos, which is actually much simpler to reference. Photos, due to lighting, etc. and a plant’s tendency to not always look like the perfect specimin, aren’t always a very easy way of identifying something. But the clear line drawings of leaves and their branches in the Peterson Field Guidemake identification a lot easier. Also included is plenty of information on each tree and shrub as well as text discussing the basic formations on leaves and branches.
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