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Native Trees for North American Landscapes

By Guy Sternberg

With Jim Wilson

A fine mix of academic information and poetic appreciation.

American Gardener

Many common native trees are just as beautiful as cultivated exotics. Since they have evolved with local conditions and are well adapted to their climate, they often require less maintenance and won't escape to invade a balanced ecosystem. The authors' extensive horticultural knowledge is distilled in this comprehensive cross section of trees native to North America, from the Atlantic to the Rockies and from northern Canada to the Gulf Coast. The main section of the book is divided into tree profiles, each describing flowers and fruit, native and adaptive range, culture, and problems. The authors also list the best seasonal features — whether a tree has striking bark in winter, for example, or bright fruit in fall. In all, more than 650 species and varieties, and more than 500 cultivars, are discussed.

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Awards for this book: Council on Botanical and Horticultural Literature Award, National Arbor Day Foundation Media Award

Media reviews

"For trees, the authoritative guide is Native Trees for North American Landscapes."

—John Van de Water, Newark Star-Ledger

"Gives marcescent a more hopeful spin."

—Verlyn Klinkenborg, New York Times

"Whether looking for trees for your own location, or identifying them when taking walks or exploring gardens, this book — filled with pertinent information — is a good companion source for identifying trees."

—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

"Achieves a fine mix of academic information and poetic appreciation that could make it a classic."

—Kathleen Fisher, American Gardener

"Far more than a guide to identification and culture, this expanded enhanced successor to the authors' Landscape with Native Trees is a walk in springtime woods, a new sunlight filtering through pastel filigree."

—Lillian Rodberg, Garden Solutions

"This book has earned a National Arbor Day Foundation Media Award."

—Ethel Fried, Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer

"This in-depth technical book is attractive without sacrificing utility."

—Mary Ann Fink, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"This is much more than a picture book; the descriptions are thorough and written in a conversational style often punctuated with humor."

—Timothy Howard, Quarterly Review of Biology

"A truly beautiful and comprehensive book on the native trees of North America for the amateur and professional alike."

Biology Digest

"An excellent new resource."

—Kathy Fescemyer, E-Streams

"Chock-full of photos that are good enough to turn a chainsaw salesman into a tree hugger."

—Nancy Rose, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"This fresh, inspired look at native trees is sure to be read cover to cover by gardeners and woods walkers alike."

Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation Newsletter

"Comprehensive, informative, and entertaining."

—Patricia Jonas, Plants and Gardens News

"This gorgeous guide should prove popular with gardeners and nature lovers alike."

Lawrence Looks at Books

"Magnificent work ... The authors' knowledge of trees and their passion for them is evident throughout the volume."

—Allen Coombes, Garden (Peterborough)

"Rush to your nearest book seller and purchase a copy of this marvelous book for your library. It will always command your interest. The photos are superb and complement the text beautifully. Guy is the prince of botanic writers."

—Tom Atkinson, Wildflower

"Anyone doing research before selecting a new tree to plant would benefit from the lifetime of research, insight, and genuine love of tress contained."

—Leah Berg, Kansas City Gardener

"Anyone doing research before selecting a new tree to plant would benefit from the lifetime of research, insight, and genuine love of tress contained."

—Leah Berg, Kansas City Gardener

"Useful information ... excellent view of these species in a landscape setting."

—Jane Villa-Lobos, Plant Talk

"From palmettos to pawpaws and Fagus grandiflora (American beech) to Quercus virginiana (live oak), these guys have the subject covered. [The book] is loaded with color photographs of specimen trees and forests, and the close-up photos of leaves, bark, and fruit are lovely."

—Ginny Lee, Illinois Times

"This beautifully and profusely illustrated book covers more than 650 species and varieties of trees native to the North American continent ... I highly recommend this fine reference book."

—Patricia A. Taylor, Trenton Times

"This book will delight you."

—John E. Bryan, Gardening Newsletter

"The book can help you satisfy that springtime urge to plant a tree, an urge easily road-blocked by questions about what kind of tree."

—Virgil Rupp, East Oregonian

"This is a comprehensive work of a real tree lover ... this book puts you in the business of understanding these stately giants."

—Linda Cobb, "In the Garden", WSPA-TV

"It is a compendium of everything you ever wanted to know about native trees east of the Rockies."

WGN 720 AM

"What a beautiful book. This is truly a labor of love."

—Brad Hendricks, City Trees

"Filled with useful information regarding native trees, this book also contains numerous beautiful color photographs that make it enjoyable reading for both horticultural experts and novices."

—B. Rowe, Choice

"Stunning photos and outlines of common cultivation problems and solutions make Native Trees For North American Landscapes a solid, invaluable reference for landscapers, libraries and home gardens alike."

Bookwatch

"Sternberg's authoritative guide is an indispensable addition to any landscape library."

—Carol Haggas, Booklist

"A helpful reference you'll return to repeatedly."

—Catriona Tudor Erler, Smith Mountain Laker

"Loaded with the up-to-date information gardeners need about native plants, this is a book that also gives the reader plenty of smiles along the way."

—Molly Day, Muskogee Phoenix

"Native Trees for North American Landscapes is a large-format, user-friendly book."

—Lori D. Kranz, American Reference Books Annual

"It is well written, and may help us achieve better plant diversity in our communities because it certainly inspires to plant more interesting species than the sugar maple or pin oak."

—Jeneen Wiche, Shelbyville Sentinel-News

"Overall, this is a magnificant book ... Like long-lived trees, this book will not go out of date any time soon."

—Aaron M. Ellison, Plant Science Bulletin

"This is the best available reference book on native trees for North American landscapes."

—Carl Reidel, American Forests

"Very nice colored photographs that compliment each featured species."

—Barney Lipscomb, Sida, Contributions to Botany

"Timber Press has another spectacular winner with this beautiful, large-format tree book."

—Rudolf Schmid, Taxon

"This fresh, inspired look at native trees is an invaluable resource when thinking about how to landscape your new or existing property with one of nature's most resilient and valuable resources: trees."

Cheyenne Mountain Kiva

"Excellent introductory chapters ... includes useful and practical information. Congratulations to Sternberg and Wilson for producing such a volume."

—Mary Tucker, Nativescape

"Admirably detailed, with accounts of the behavior of the trees in gardens and their range and habitat preferences in the wild."

—Martyn Rix, International Dendrology Society Yearbook

"A sumptuously illustrated and extremely informative work that shows native North American trees at their best."

—Allen Coombes, Garden (Peterborough)

"Magnificent work ... I have no hesitation in recommending this book as a truly inspirational work ... the authors' knowledge of trees and their passion for them is evident throughout the volume."

—Allen Coombes, Plantsman

"Worth owning."

Avant Gardener

"A sumptously illustrated and extremely informative work that shows native North American trees at their best."

—Allen Coombes, Garden (Peterborough)

"Over 500 beautiful colour photographs provide the reader with an excellent view of these species in a landscape setting."

—Jane Villa-Lobos, Plant Talk

"Over 500 beautiful photographs provide the reader with an excellent view of these species in a landscape setting."

—Jane Villa-Lobos, Plant Talk

"Written with the homeowner in mind, the text offers a well-researched mix of horticulture and history. What sets the book apart are its photos — glossy images of trees at their very best. Somewhere within these pages is a photo that will make your palms itch to pick up a spade and start digging a planting hole."

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"Guy Sternberg and Jim Wilson have spent a lifetime studying and admiring native trees and their environments and they've come to one conclusion: There truly is a tree for every purpose."

Garden Ideas and Outdoor Living

"If you're looking for a book that in my opinion is an instant classic, run to your nearest book dealer and grab a copy of Native Trees for North American Landscapes: From the Atlantic to the Rockies by Guy Sternberg with Jim Wilson. This is a book that you will be proud to put in a prominent position on your shelf because it is one of those rare examples of a work that educates, fascinates and inspires, all at the same time. The prose is direct and engaging, the photographs stirring and illuminating, and the information comprehensive and authoritative. This book immediately goes to the top of my "must have" list."

—Mike Nowak, WGN 720 AM

About the author

Guy Sternberg

A frequent lecturer for horticultural and natural resource organizations, Guy Sternberg holds the official oak genus Quercus living reference collection for North America. He was the first president of the International Oak Society and is a life member of the International Dendrology Society.

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