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

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

by Arthur Plotnik, Mary H. Phelan
     
 

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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,…  See more details below

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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

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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.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812931037
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
992,373
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.

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