Knowing Your Trees

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This is the most comprehensive book on trees in North America that I have ever seen. I picked mine up in the mid 70's from a DNR office in rural Georgia, it is out of print but it is worth trying to find a copy used. I got one for a friend some time ago.

It shows range, pictures of leaves, branch structure, bark, flowers, seeds, along with pictures in summer and winter as well as descriptions
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BIGChrisNH

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Found used online for like 7 bucks
 

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Woody Stover

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I'll have to snag a copy, looks good. I've been using the Audubon Field Guide to North American Trees-Eastern Region, which I'd recommend, but I haven't looked at a lot of the tree ID books.
The dark section is color pics of leaves/bark, flowers, fruit and cones. Some of the bark pics don't match what I see here, though.
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There is no such thing as too much information!
 
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I'll have to snag a copy, looks good. I've been using the Audubon Field Guide to North American Trees-Eastern Region, which I'd recommend, but I haven't looked at a lot of the tree ID books.
The dark section is color pics of leaves/bark, flowers, fruit and cones. Some of the bark pics don't match what I see here, though.
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i have this one and have tried to use it here in the sierra, but its not one of Audubon’s best pubs. I just ordered the other one for $8 online, hardcover and all.
 

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I am glad to be able to spread the word on this book, frankly, it never should have gone out of print!
 

SpaceBus

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I'll have to snag a copy, looks good. I've been using the Audubon Field Guide to North American Trees-Eastern Region, which I'd recommend, but I haven't looked at a lot of the tree ID books.
The dark section is color pics of leaves/bark, flowers, fruit and cones. Some of the bark pics don't match what I see here, though.
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I have several Audubon guides, but never remember to bring them with me.
 

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Funny I was looking through my copy and was starting to straighten the dog-eared corners of the pagers, then I realized, those were the trees I had on my property
 

Woody Stover

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i have this one and have tried to use it here in the sierra
I assume the "Western Region" version?
I have several Audubon guides, but never remember to bring them with me.
I don't bring it with me in the woods but if I come across a tough ID I'll make a couple mental notes the next time I look at the book, then have another look at the tree in question next time I go out there.
 
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SpaceBus

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I assume the "Western Region" version?

I don't bring it with me in the woods but if I come across a tough ID I'll make a couple mental notes the next time I look at the book, then have another look at the tree in question next time I go out there.
I try to take pictures or bring back leaves. Having a regional guide, not just for trees, has helped. Unfortunately there are so many regional differences between the same species of tree that even the Audubon books can't identify something.
 

Woody Stover

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I try to take pictures or bring back leaves. Having a regional guide, not just for trees, has helped. Unfortunately there are so many regional differences between the same species of tree that even the Audubon books can't identify something.
Yeah, I was wondering if that's why the bark pics in the book sometimes don't match what I see here..
 
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SpaceBus

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Yeah, I was wondering if that's why the bark pics in the book sometimes don't match what I see here..
Exactly. I think most trees can also crossbreed. Like I've got this tree that has leaves of a striped maple, but bark like a red. Most of my maple trees appear to be some kind of hybrid, but my Forest is also only 50 years old. I have a few yet unidentified trees and shrubs, some next to my house!