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The Book of Leaves: A Leaf-by-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World's Great Trees

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Of all our childhood memories, few are quite as thrilling, or as tactile, as those of climbing trees. Scampering up the rough trunk, spying on the world from the cool green shelter of the canopy, lying on a limb and looking up through the leaves at the summer sun almost made it seem as if we were made for trees, and trees for us.Even in adulthood, trees retain their power,

Hardcover, 656 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by University Of Chicago Press
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This book is really visually appealing, and very cleanly laid out. Perhaps for the serious field adventurer, it might not be quite what you're looking for. But the photography is sharp and clean, and the layout is intuitive and informative. I liked just flipping through this one -- it's really stunning.
I enjoy identifying trees by their leaves, but a few pages in I felt I was missing the examples of bark and bloom as well. This is a good supplementary resource. I had no idea of the variety of oak trees around the world.
Tracey King
This book is very clear and easy to use, with it's very visual pages identifying each leaf. However if is not a book for backpacking with as it is very heavy but great to use with a cup of tea and a pile of leaves to identify.
Why no evergreen needles? White pines have cool leaves!
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Allen Coombes is Botanist at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, UK, where his special interest is Quercus (oaks).
His publications include DK Eyewitness Handbook Trees and RHS Practical Guide Trees for Small Gardens.

He frequently writes articles for periodicals such as The Plantsman, The Garden and Kew Magazine. Allen resides in Hampshire.
More about Allen J. Coombes...
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