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If you're not a tree lover now, this pocket-sized gem — dedicated to the idea that every species of tree has a story and every individual tree has a history — will make you one. Produced in consultation with the City's Parks and Recreation department and the New York Tree Trust, this book is a reference to the stories of New York City's trees, complete with photographs, tree silhouettes, leaf and fruit morphologies, and charming and informative explanatory texts. It is divided into four sections: "The Best Places to See Trees," full of insider's tips and helpful maps; "New York City's Great Trees," a directory of the oldest, strangest, most beautiful trees; "The Tree Guide," arranged for ease of identification by leaf shape and size; and, finally, "Sources and Resources" for future investigation.
With over 700 beautiful color photographs, drawings, and detailed maps, this is the ultimate field guide to the trees of the Big Apple and the metropolitan region.
Columbia University Press
Posted April 27, 2013
Posted December 12, 2009
So many times we walk around the city oblivious to the trees all around us. If you're looking for one resource to identify that tree right in front of you without overwhelming tree-geek-speak, this is the guide for you. It's small enough to put in your back pocket and easy to use. The guide is limited to those trees planted on our city streets so it's not bulky. I carry it with me all the time.
Filled with beautiful photos and, yes, some technical data, it's everything you need to know to i.d. that tree and start to feel a kinship with the city's often ignored trees. As you become proficient in identifying the trees on your street you'll start to appreciate the variety and condition of the trees in the entire city. Each street will take on a different appeal and your friends will be impressed with your knowledge of city flora.
It's also a great way to explore new neighborhoods. Each tree reference provides a community guide and locale for viewing mature specimens. A small blurb regarding the tree's city history and how it came to be a "City Tree". Do you know why there are so may London Plane trees on our streets? They were Robert Moses' favorite.
Take a walk and enjoy the view. You don't have to leave our streets to experience the woods. Each block, every neighborhood, is an opportunity to enjoy these wonders that decorate our sidewalks and beautify our neighborhoods while scrubbing the air we breathe. Bring this guide along; it's all you need to know.
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