With more than two hundred tree, shrub, and woody vine species in Minnesota, anyone with an interest in the outdoors has likely encountered an unfamiliar plant and wondered about its name, origin, characteristics, and habitat. In this new identification resource, the state’s foremost botanist and endangered species expert Welby R. Smith provides authoritative, accessible, and up-to-date information on the state’s native and naturalized woody plant species.
This fully illustrated resource features:
• Easy identification: more than one thousand color photographs of fruit, flowers, bark, and leaves for every species, as well as more than one hundred illustrations by botanical artist Vera Ming Wong
• Distribution maps: more than five hundred maps, including state and North American range maps
• Interesting background: descriptions of each species’ habitat, natural history, and ecology, which provide context to the entries
• Comprehensive coverage: includes all native and naturalized trees, shrubs, and woody vines in Minnesota from Abies balsamea to Zanthozylum americanum.
Written for everyone from scientists and environmentalists to teachers and people interested in horticulture and gardening, Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota will engage and educate anyone with a curiosity about the natural world.
Welby R. Smith is a botanist for the Division of Ecological Resources at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He is the author of Orchids of Minnesota (Minnesota, 1993).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Vegetation surveys in the twin cities area are a big part of my job. This book is a must have. As big as it is, we bring it out in the field in our backpacks along with a few other books. This book is the best tool we have for trees and shrubs. No others are even close. One thing I have done to my copy to save time. I have added the page number of each genus in the key so you can quickly turn to the right page without having to go to the table of contents or the index first. Great book. Spend the money, you will be glad you did.
This is a marvelous book describing trees and shrubs in Minnesota. It can be used by students, scholars, and the general public. Photos are in color, are very clear, and provide closeups of parts of the shrub/tree. A map of Minnesota and another of North American show where the plant grows. A line drawing shows the outline of the plant. A voluminous volume that will be used for years to come. It's the best one I've seen for the state. One small quibble - there are a few errors in the index; page numbers are not always correct.
Most ideal for folks in forestry. That would include those who are looking at their own woodlands and needing to correctly identify current naturallly growing trees and other plantlife with the goal of selectively removing less desirable trees or shrubs. I appreciated the little map on each page that identified the counties in MN where these trees, shrubs are found.