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As a complete reference to the trees and shrubs of Alaska, this second edition of the definitive work has been updated to reflect new information on this North American habitat. It contains detailed descriptions of tree and shrub species within the state, including revised taxonomy of the plants and changes in their distribution on amended maps. New color photographs depict vegetation types, which appear on a map of the national forests, parks, and wildlife refuges. The text also includes keys to the vegetation, based on summer foliage. Individual species are arranged by families and with a map detailing distribution. A glossary of terminology and suggested readings completes this outstanding volume for the botanist, environmentalist, and gardener.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden