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Native Trees of the Southeast: An Identification Guide

By Katherine Kirkman, Claud L. Brown, and Donald J. Leopold

Few plant identification guides have done such an outstanding job of clearly describing the scope of the text.


The diversity of woody plants in the Southeast is unparalleled in North America. Native Trees of the Southeast is a practical, compact field guide for the identification of the more than 225 trees native to the region, from the Carolinas and eastern Tennessee south through Georgia into northern Florida and west through Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas into eastern Texas. For confident identification, nearly 600 photographs, close to 500 of them in color, illustrate leaves, flowers and fruits or cones, bark, and twigs with buds. Full descriptions are accompanied by keys for plants in both summer and winter condition, as well as over 200 range maps. Crucial differences between plants that may be mistaken for each other are discussed.

Media reviews

"Few plant identification guides have done such an outstanding job of clearly describing the scope of the text. ... Recommended."

—T. Johnson, Choice

"Very informative and a good source for any amateur or avid outdoorsman."

—Keri McNew, Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas

About the authors

Katherine Kirkman

L. Katherine Kirkman earned a Ph.D. in plant ecology and an M.S. in plant taxonomy from the University of Georgia. She is an Associate Scientist at the J. W. Jones Ecological Research Center in Newton, Georgia. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Georgia Institute of Ecology, Auburn University Department of Biology and School of Forestry and Wildlife, and the University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.

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Claud L. Brown

Claud L. Brown is Alumni Foundation Professor Emeritus of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia. He is the author of over 125 scientific publications and books, including several monographs and portions of advanced texts in forest biology.

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Donald J. Leopold

Donald J. Leopold, a long-standing member of the Ecological Society of America, has studied native plants for nearly 30 years. He has taught courses in dendrology, plant materials, freshwater wetland ecology, and numerous graduate seminars on conservation and restoration topics.

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