Native trees of the Midwest Identification, wildlife values, and landscaping use

Sally S. Weeks, 1956-

Book - 2010

Designed to introduce the student, layperson and professional to the native trees of Indiana and surrounding states by providing hard-to-find color images and updated nomenclature from previous, state-specific field guides.

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Published
West Lafayette, IN : Purdue University Press 2010.
Edition
Rev. and expanded 2nd ed
Language
English
Physical Description
ix, 357 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781557535726
1557535728
Main Author
Sally S. Weeks, 1956- (-)
Other Authors
Harmon Patrick Weeks, 1944- (-), George R. Parker
  • Conifers
  • Hardwoods
  • Introduced species.
Review by Choice Reviews

The authors (all, Purdue Univ.) focus on trees native to Indiana and surrounding states. This work admirably fulfills many of this reviewer's expectations for a superior tree guide: excellent line art and photos of diagnostic structures; concise, complete, and jargon-free descriptions; accurate range maps; and simple yet effective identification keys. This volume includes two useful sidebars for each species, "Quick ID" tips and "Similar Species Distinctions," as well as insightful information about wildlife and landscape uses. It is well designed, with readable fonts, a pleasant layout, and excellent color photo reproduction and sizing. On the down side, naturalized exotics appear only in a list in the back. The most useful tree books encompass all the species of a region, including naturalized and commonly planted exotics. As a New Englander, this reviewer hopes the next edition will expand the geographic range to the East Coast. With two pages devoted to each of the 100-plus tree species, this book is a bit large and heavy for field use. Minor quibbles aside, anyone writing a plant field guide would do well to examine this book carefully and borrow liberally from its style and format. It is one of the best. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers; professionals/practitioners. Copyright 2006 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

All at the forestry and natural resources department at Purdue University, Weeks (tree identification), Harmon P. Weeks (habitat management), and George Parker (emeritus, old-growth forests) expand the 2005 first edition to include 12 non-native species that have become problematic, and may be confused with natives. Some of the information is corrected or updated and some new photographs added. The keys have also been revised to incorporate the new species. An illustrated glossary is provided. Conifers come first, then hardwoods, and finally introduced species. Range maps and color photographs of identifying features accompany text on form and size, habitat, wildlife uses, landscaping value, and similar species. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Native Trees of the Midwest is a definitive guide to identifying trees in Indiana and surrounding states, written by three leading forestry experts. Descriptive text explains how to identify every species in any season, and color photographs show all important characteristics. Not only does the book allow the user to identify trees and learn of their ecological and distributional attributes, but it also presents an evaluation of each species relative to its potential ornamental value for those interested in landscaping. Since tree species have diverse values to wildlife, an evaluation of wildlife uses is presented with a degree of detail available nowhere else. This second edition contains a chapter on introduced species that have become naturalized and invasive throughout the region. All accounts have been reviewed and modifications made when necessary to reflect changes in taxonomy, status, or wildlife uses. Keys have been modified to incorporate introduced species.