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Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America Paperback – Apr 30 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (March 22 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #622,893 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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Very informative good descriptions and simple tomread. Recommended to take on trips and walks in parks and forests. Nice book
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9acd8708) out of 5 stars 58 reviews
97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9faf5f9c) out of 5 stars good packaging, mediocre content April 26 2008
By Sam Thayer - Published on Amazon.com
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?
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b75d0c0) out of 5 stars One of the Best ID Books on Trees May 17 2007
By Guy Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9af03690) out of 5 stars Excellant Resource Oct. 30 2007
By Bonnie L. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae946c0) out of 5 stars poor photography and choice of leaf samples June 16 2014
By R.J. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9c3f18) out of 5 stars Very poorly done Jan. 13 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is only my opinion and i hate to look like the bad guy here given all the great reviews but this is my take on this book.

I have 2 other tree guides on paper and wanted to carry something digital on my phone so going by the reviews this seemed like a good choice but i'm extremely disappointed. The drawings look like a 5 year old made them with a pencil. The pictures are mediocre to say the least. The leaf identification guide only shows you the leaf with a wacky drawing, the rest of the tree info and photos is else where on the book, if any. The quick winter guide is just a list of trees with a very brief description and the pages where you can find them in the book; but it's useless if you are trying to ID a tree because you'd have to use the tree identification guide at a time when most trees have no leaves. I had to use my 2 other books to get some references of a fallen tree in the park in hopes that i could get positive ID but this book had significantly less info then any of my 2 other guides... I could go on but i have better things to do. I'm just going to delete it now...