October 3, 2008
Puzzled by the staggering legions of oaks, hickories, and little shrubby things in Atlanta's forests, nature enthusiasts and professional arborists alike have been caught more than once scratching heads and cramping necks in an attempt to identify a favorite tree.
Trees of Georgia and Adjacent States, by Brown and Kirkman, has been helping would-be-dendrologists solve this problem for decades. It is a well researched, crisp tome, that is also easily digested. The book succeeds because it has one major goal: to serve as a resource in identifying the species of native trees and woody plants in Georgia and the Southeastern US.
Special features of the book:
• Dichotomous key (although it is worded a bit too concisely)
• Winter key to flowering trees
• Leaf, leaf scar, bud, flower and fruit diagrams
• Color photographs of leaves, flowers, fruit, and bark
• Tree descriptions
• Explanations of the difficulties in specific species recognition (is it Black willow or Coastal plain Willow?)
• Range maps