Love Trees? You’ll like these books!

Linda Barker, our Big Tree Coordinator, suggests the following books for those who want to know more about our native trees.

Identifying trees of the EastIdentifying Trees of the East: Michael D. Williams

This field-tested guide for identifying trees in any season, not just when they are in full leaf, features color photos and line drawings showing bark, branching patterns, fruits, flowers, nuts, and overall appearance in addition to leaf color and shape. (Amazon description) The paperback can be ordered as second hand copies as well 


The Tree Identification BookThe Tree Identification Book: George Symonds

All of the more than 1500 photographs were made specifically for use in this book and were taken either in the field or of carefully collected specimens. Where possible, details such as leaves, fruit, etc., appear in actual size, or in the same scale. 272 pp.


The Nature of OaksThe Nature of Oaks: Doug Tallamy

This book is about all oaks and the benefits this genus continues to provide.  Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He has also written Bringing Nature Home which is a more generalized view of the benefits of planting natives, and backs his information with data on the plants that are most beneficial.
(Written by Linda B. Vic S, who manages this site, owns the audio version of The Nature of Oaks, which is 4 1/4 hours long. Every minute of listening during long walks was fascinating.