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New York City Trees: A Field Guide for the Metropolitan Area

New York City Trees: A Field Guide for the Metropolitan Area.
Edward Sibley Barnard
Columbia University Press
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paper, 239 p., $17.95

The proverbial street-smart tree grows in Brooklyn, and it is not alone. Ailanthus (tree of heaven) is joined surprisingly by thousands of other street trees, some 125 species, in the stone canyons of New York. They are the substance of this handy guide.

The book's convenient small size covers a lot of territory. The Big Apple consists of five boroughs along with parks, preserves, refuges and botanical gardens in adjacent counties. This book describes these areas with maps and guides for walking tours. A simple key based on leaf shape makes tree identification easy. Each species is featured with photographs and drawings of leaves, fruit, flowers, bark and winter silhouette. The accompanying text is illuminating for both novice and experienced tree lovers.

— Adele Kleine, Library Volunteer and Master Gardener, Chicago Botanic Garden, and contributing writer to Chicagoland Gardening magazine