A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us

A Californian s Guide to the Trees Among Us We bring the strength and beauty of the natural world into our urban landscapes by planting trees and California is blessed with a rich horticultural history visible in an abundance of cultivated tr

  • Title: A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us
  • Author: Matt Ritter
  • ISBN: 9781597141475
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • We bring the strength and beauty of the natural world into our urban landscapes by planting trees, and California is blessed with a rich horticultural history, visible in an abundance of cultivated trees that enrich our lives with extraordinary color, bizarre shapes, unusual textures, and unexpected aromas A Californian s Guide to the Trees among Us features over 150 of CWe bring the strength and beauty of the natural world into our urban landscapes by planting trees, and California is blessed with a rich horticultural history, visible in an abundance of cultivated trees that enrich our lives with extraordinary color, bizarre shapes, unusual textures, and unexpected aromas A Californian s Guide to the Trees among Us features over 150 of California s most commonly grown trees Whether native or cultivated, these are the trees that muffle noise, create wildlife habitats, mitigate pollution, conserve energy, and make urban living healthier and peaceful.Used as a field guide or read with pleasure for the liveliness of the prose, this book will allow readers to learn the stories behind the trees that shade our parks, grace our yards, and line our streets Rich in photographs and illustrations, overflowing with anecdote and information, A Californian s Guide to the Trees among Us opens our eyes to a world of beauty just outside our front doors.

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    1. This book isn't perfect, but it filled a hole in my life. Since moving to California I've always wanted a book of urban cultivated trees here. My main complaint is that I wish each entry had an example of a leaf, the bark and flower and fruit etc. I've found myself having to look up pictures of leaves online to try to confirm a species because the only photo in the book is of the whole tree. That said, this book has helped me identify many tree species and the text is very educational.

    2. A really handy reference if you're interested in trees. The book focuses on common landscaping trees, only given quick shout-outs to common forest trees (giant sequoia, bay laurel). Book lay-out is sensible, with sections on gymnosperms, eudicots, monocots; entries for individual trees are listed alphabetically within those sections. Each page has photos and illustrations of leaves, inflorescences, fruit, etc, and well-written descriptions of the history and salient features of the tree. Plus th [...]

    3. Excellent resource for identifying the most common trees in urban and suburban landscapes in California. The author tells the natural history of each tree and how it came to be a part of the California landscape. He does not include agricultural trees but focuses on 150 trees commonly used in landscaping.

    4. I'm such a tree lover, and lately been wondering about some of the trees that I come across everyday for years and years. Then this book called out to me at the public library, and I read it in one sitting. Wonderful photos, great background and history about each type of tree. I also mentions where they orginally came from. Now I know the names of my favorites. Oh, the quotes from famous people about trees on nearly each page are so lovely. This is truly a book that every tree and nature lover [...]

    5. If you want to identify trees in California's cities and neighborhoods, this is the best possible book. The layout, the information; they are all amazingly easy to use and understand. You will learn a lot and have a great reference.Sadly, I was looking for a book on the trees of California's wild nature. This book does not have much use while backpacking.

    6. Good for identifying street trees. Great flow chart for identification. Lots of fun little tidbits of information.If you live in CA and have ever asked 'what kind of tree is that?', this is the book for you.

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