The Sibley Guide to Trees

Sibley, David

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Sibley Guide to Trees
David Allen Sibley, the preeminent bird-guide author and illustrator, now applies his formidable skills of identification and illustration to the trees of North America. Monumental in scope but small enough to take into the field, The Sibley Guide to Trees is an astonishingly elegant guide to a complex subject. It condenses a huge amount of information about tree identification--more than has ever been collected in a single book--into a logical, accessible, easy-to-use format. With more than 4,100 meticulous, exquisitely detailed paintings, the Guide highlights the often subtle similarities and distinctions between more than 600 tree species--native trees as well as many introduced species. No other guide has ever made field identification so clear. Features highlighted include: * leaves (including multiple leaf shapes and fall leaf color) * bark * needles * cones * flowers * fruit * twigs * silhouettes More than 500 maps show the complete range, both natural and cultivated, for nearly all species. Trees are arranged taxonomically, with all related species grouped together. By focusing on the fundamental characteristics of, for example, oaks or chestnuts or hickories, the Guide helps the user recognize these basic species groups the same way birders recognize thrushes, warblers, or sparrows. In addition, there are essays on taxonomy, on the cultivation of trees, and on conservation issues, reflecting Sibley's deep concern with habitat preservation and environmental health. An important new contribution to our understanding of the natural world, The Sibley Guide to Trees will be a necessity for every tree lover, traveler, and naturalist. It is sure to become the new benchmark in field guides to trees.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375415197
Branch Call Number: 582.16097 S564s 2009
Characteristics: xxxviii, 426 p. :,col. ill., col. maps ;,25 cm


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This guide to trees of North America concisely describes each of 600 species of trees. The prolific illustrations assist in field identification. The author assumes that someone who is trying to identify a tree already knows to which group of trees the unidentified tree belongs--walnuts, for ex... Read More »

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Jul 05, 2014

I had to purchase a copy!
It was so inexpensive on line, but the Sequoia Natural HIstory Association needed the money too.

Dec 17, 2012
  • ClaireM_W rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I sometimes naively expect way too much. This is a list of leaves and bark drawings and basic identifying features. No magic.


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