Seeing trees Discover the extraordinary secrets of everyday trees

Nancy R. Hugo

Book - 2011

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Portland, Or. : Timber Press 2011.
Physical Description
242 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Nancy R. Hugo (-)
Other Authors
Robert J. Llewellyn (-)
  • Tree viewing
  • Observing tree traits
  • Ten trees: intimate views.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Most of us note the leafing out of trees in the spring and their often spectacular fall color, but Hugo and Llewellyn, veterans of garden writing and tree and landscape photography, respectively, go much deeper to share the details of the complex lives of trees gleaned from years of personal observation. They have created an informative, beautifully illustrated book that delves into tree growth and reproduction. Hugo begins by introducing the reader to various tree parts: leaves, flowers, cones, fruit, buds, leaf scars, bark, and twigs. Next, she profiles ten well-known trees including the red maple, white oak, and white pine. Whether she is describing the unfurling of a leaf or the development of an acorn, her prose draws the reader into her world. Stunning close-up and magnified shots of trees and tree parts illuminate the text. VERDICT This fascinating celebration of trees will delight gardeners, botanists, students of natural history, and nature photographers.—Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL [Page 97]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Introduces trees, describing such topics as leaves, flowers, fruit, cones, and bark and profiling the uniques features of ten common North American trees.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Hugo writes with real passion about trees, describing their qualities, flowers, fruits, barks, and unique characteristics, and including her own observations and experiments with cuttings and seedlings. She is articulate and enthusiastic, making this an ideal volume for beginning observers of trees. Rather than photos of full-grown specimens, the volume features the amazingly 3-dimensional views of tree flowers, cones, bracts, leaves, fruits, bark, and other tree parts, composed digitally from multiple views by veteran tree and landscape photographer Llewwllyn. Following a lengthy essay on the general properties of trees, there are ten chapters on as many trees, among them the ginkgo, red maple, southern magnolia, and white pine. Beautifully produced and fascinating to read, the volume is oversized, at 9x10.25". Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Have you ever looked at a tree? That may sound like a silly question, but there is so much more to notice about a tree than first meets the eye. Seeing Trees celebrates seldom seen but easily observable tree traits and invites you to watch trees with the same care and sensitivity that birdwatchers watch birds. Many people, for example, are surprised to learn that oaks and maples have flowers, much less flowers that are astonishingly beautiful when viewed up close. Focusing on widely grown trees, this captivating book describes the rewards of careful and regular tree viewing, outlines strategies for improving your observations, and describes some of the most visually interesting tree structures, including leaves, flowers, buds, leaf scars, twigs, and bark. In-depth profiles of ten familiar species'including such beloved trees as white oak, southern magnolia, white pine, and tulip poplar'show you how to recognize and understand many of their most compelling (but usually overlooked) physical features.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Nancy Ross Hugo's delightful text and Robert Llewellyn's breathtaking photographs make this addition to the Timber Press Seeing Series a steady stream of small astonishments that not only underscore the fascinating physiology of trees but bring you into a closer, more intimate relationship with these miracles of nature.