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A Natural History of North American Trees by Donald Culross Peattie
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May 28, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: sylva, non-fiction
Read from April 28 to May 28, 2010

Another book on trees, this time those in North America.

Compared to Colin Tudge's book The Tree (see my review), A Natural History of North American Trees has less science and more lore. Peattie lays out the story of America's long vanished primeval forests and describes uses the natives and Europeans had for the trees found in them. He includes a fair bit of detail on many of the species, especially the famous and important ones ones like redwood, white pine, douglas fir, etc, always outlining for each the history of logging their sylvan wealth, subsequent settlement of the country where they were found, and, in some cases, the diseases that reduced their numbers. Worth reading for just for the prose, which is pleasantly old-fashioned and slightly elegiac without being fussy.
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