The Urban Tree Book: An Uncommon Field Guide for City and Town

Overview

Open The Urban Tree Book and discover the joys of forest trekking--right in your city or town. This first-of-a-kind field guide introduces readers to the trees on their block, in neighborhood parks, and throughout the urban landscape. Unlike traditional tree guides with dizzying numbers of woodland species, The Urban Tree Book explores nature in the city, describing some 200 tree types likely to be found on North America's streets and surrounding spaces, including suburban ...
See more details below
Paperback (1ST)
$20.76
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$23.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (18) from $1.99   
  • New (8) from $14.46   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
The Urban Tree Book: An Uncommon Field Guide for City and Town

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$19.99
BN.com price

Overview

Open The Urban Tree Book and discover the joys of forest trekking--right in your city or town. This first-of-a-kind field guide introduces readers to the trees on their block, in neighborhood parks, and throughout the urban landscape. Unlike traditional tree guides with dizzying numbers of woodland species, The Urban Tree Book explores nature in the city, describing some 200 tree types likely to be found on North America's streets and surrounding spaces, including suburban settings.

With telling descriptions and precise botanical detail, this unique guide not only identifies trees but brings them to life through history, lore, anecdotes, up-to-date facts, and hundreds of fascinating characteristics. More than 175 graceful illustrations capture the charm of trees in urban settings and depict leaf, flower, fruit, and bark features for identification and appreciation.    

The Urban Tree Book will inform even the most knowledgeable plant person and delight urbanites who simply enjoy strolling beneath the shade of welcoming trees. An engaging excursion into the "urban forest," this complete guide to city trees will both entertain and enlighten nature lovers, urban hikers, gardeners, and everyone curious about their environment. Includes a tree planting-and-care section, tree primer, and exploration guide
Is backed by the expertise of the renowned Morton Arboretum
Incorporates new "urban forestry" perspectives
Covers urban trees across the continent
Lists key organizations and institutions for tree lovers
Selects the best tree sites on the Internet
Updates many guides by 20 years

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Carl Reidel
…this book is the ideal field guide to city trees for urban folks. … Plotnik writes with botanical precision and an engaging and lively style …. This user-friendly guide … will delight amateurs and professionals alike. …useful and fascinating … an ideal gift.
American Forests
Joni Blackburn
...pure delight. ...a welcome companion on your walk to work or at the park.
Outdoor Explorer
Jennifer Spear O'Mara
…unique in its combination of precise botanical information, beautiful drawings, and fascinating details that keep you reading. … Plotnik's book will enhance your appreciation of the urban forest, and is a great addition to any tree lover's library.
New York State Conservationist
G. D. Dreyer
…Plotnik succeeds with an understandable yet intelligent writing style. … scientifically accurate, … the book should have a place in the thousands of urban forestry programs nationwide.
Choice
Hillary Young
Avoiding the dry descriptions typical of field guides, this book … offers the perfect way to explore nature without ever leaving home.
E Magazine
Adele Kleine
… the perfect gift … delicately life-like drawings … a highly readable, beautiful book—a must for your horticultural library.
Chicagoland Gardening
Andy Lipkis
A great book and a useful tool. Trees need people and people need trees. I've discovered that trees are like acupuncture needles—with the right trees used in the right place, you get profound healing. This book provides a joyful, loving way to guide your actions.
—president, TreePeople
Susan Gooberman
A wonderful book—comprehensive, well researched, and beautifully illustrated. The extensive information is presented in a clear, creatively descriptive manner that will appeal to newcomers as well as professionals in the field of urban forestry. It captures the magic and majesty of trees that grow in harsh urban environments.
—education director, Trees New York
Richard Ubbens
The first tree book you keep reading because you wonder what fascinating details await you about the next tree. Readers will actually identify their neighborhood trees because of the tremendous job Plotnik has done painting word pictures of each species. A great mixture of fact and lore, and such good reading it is hard to put down. Professionals and the general public alike will keep it handy.
—city forester, Toronto, Canada
Donna Seaman
A uniquely entertaining and immensely enlightening guide to 200 species of 'tough trees for tough places.' Plotnik expresses his sense of wonder and wit as he recounts their history and lore, and medicinal and spiritual legacies. Going beyond factual description, he evokes each species' distinctive ambiance, from the way their leaves filter light to the sound they make in the wind. [He] also celebrates landmark trees, assesses the new urban forestry movement, and provides a wealth of useful resources. Vetted by experts at The Morton Arboretum, and illustrated with Phelan's superbly graceful drawings, this is a tree book with depth and sparkle.
Booklist
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812931037
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 821,757
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A member of the conservation organization American Forests, Arthur Plotnik is a distinguished author and former American Library Association executive. Along with award-winning artist and illustrator Mary Phelan (his wife), he is a passionate observer of trees in their urban context. The two live on a Chicago street blessed with ashes, maples, and horse-chestnuts.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)