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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (April 30 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811733602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811733601
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #563,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael D. Williams worked as an area forester with the Tennessee Division of Forestry. He was widely known for his uncanny ability to explain complicated forestry concepts in terms that were fresh, simple, and practical enough for even novices to understand.

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By John Shelemay on Jan. 13 2015
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Very informative good descriptions and simple tomread. Recommended to take on trips and walks in parks and forests. Nice book
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
good packaging, mediocre content April 26 2008
By Sam Thayer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was really excited to get this book. As I read it my opinion gradually declined. While it is a useful book, I have seen much better tree books, such as Michigan Trees (for those who live in the Great Lakes or Northeast). The book only cover the larger trees, for the most part. Many of the photos are of remarkably poor quality, and they tend not to show many good identifying characteristics. The writing seems disorganized, and the text does not go into detail about reliable identifying characteristics. The ranges given are extremely general.

Most of all, I was disappointed to find the book containing errors that seem inexcusable in a guide of this type. For example, the section on slippery elm says "Slicing through the bark at a gradual angle will usually expose thin layers of white inner bark divided by the thicker reddish brown bark, as is usually found in the elms." This is totally wrong: the ABSENCE of white layers in the bark is the feature used to tell slippery elm from the other elms. The photo he shows are of American elm bark, as can be clearly seen by the light creamy layers in the bark. How can this guide help people identify trees if the author can't even identify them?
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best ID Books on Trees May 17 2007
By Guy Zimmerman - Published on
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I am a forester in TN and have several tree ID books. This is one of the better Tree ID books dealing with SE US trees. And it is a bargin.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Excellant Resource Oct. 30 2007
By Bonnie L. Thompson - Published on
Format: Paperback
Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide To Eastern North America
I bought this book because my 7th grader was required to identify 25 tree leaves and create a leaf identification book for his Science project. He was given the list of trees we were to look for, then gather the sample leaves and label. "Identifying Trees" provided a wide variety of basic instruction on the process of identifying trees and their leaves, the most likey location of the trees, and colorful pictures to make identifcation easy. I loved the book and am happy to have it as an addition to my personal library.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
poor photography and choice of leaf samples June 16 2014
By R.J. - Published on
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I don't like giving poor reviews, but I have to warn people this is a mediocre guide at best. The reason I bought this book was because I wanted photographs instead of drawings like in Trees of North America from Frank Brockman. I lost that book and wanted to replace it with a better one, but this is not even close. In short I will say some pictures are good and the book is useable, but most are non typical leaf samples that are degraded either by poor picture quality, poor lighting, damaged, dead or dormant leaves. Buy at own risk.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Tom from Arkansas June 21 2008
By Tom - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a good guide for an amateur like me. The photos are good and the text descriptions have lots of useful tips and information. It's a good addition for anybody's reference library.