by George W. D. Symonds photographs by Stephen V. Chelminski
This guide offers a new method for the practical identification and recognition of trees–and an important supplement to existing botanical methods. The book is divided in two parts: Pictorial Keys and Master Pages. The Keys are designed for easy visual comparison of details that look alike, narrowing the identification of a tree to one of a small group–the family or genus. In the Master Pages, the species of the tree is determined, with similar details placed together to highlight differences within the family group, thus eliminating all other possibilities. All of the more than 1,500 photographs were taken either in the field or of carefully collected specimens. Where possible, details such as leaves, buds, and fruit appear in actual size, or in the same scale.