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Collins Tree Guide [Paperback]

Owen Johnson
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Book Description

3 April 2006 Collins

The definitive, fully-illustrated guide to the trees of Britain and non-Mediterranean Europe.

This brand-new field guide to the trees of northern Europe contains some of the finest original tree illustrations ever produced. The introduction contains illustrations of the main leaves, buds, and firs you are likely to find, and these provide the starting point for identification by leading you to a 'key' species.

Within each tree family there is a list of key species and a guide to the most important features to look for when identifying a particular tree from that family. Then individual species are clearly described and a detailed illustration is given on the same page.

Covering all the tree species found outside the major arboretums, from the olive tree to the eucalyptus, this is one of the most important tree guides to have appeared in the last 20 years. The illustrations are annotated with essential identification features, and the text highlights the most important things to look for to aid fast and accurate identification. There is also coverage of all the species native to Southern Europe.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (3 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007207719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007207718
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the small format edition:

‘Entertaining and informative. A visual delight' BBC Wildlife

'A remarkable new guide' Guardian

'Outstanding colour paintings…precise and accurate' The Times

'David More's illustrations astonish by their beauty and detail' New Scientist

'Essential for 21st century treehuggers everywhere' Matt James

'Makes identifying trees a piece of cake…something all tree lovers will want to have' Garden News

'As compact as a complete handbook can possibly be' Best of British

'A must for all tree huggers and lovers' The Ecologist

'In the firmament of tree specialists, Dr Owen Johnson is a definite star' The Field

'In addition to the detailed descriptions and illustrations of bark, seed, and leaf, and well-planned structure, lies a host of information gems' Countryside Voice

'This nicely packaged and presented book is a must' Tree News

'Suffice to say that this book is an absolute must-have' New Woodworking

About the Author

Owen Johnson is Assistant Registrar to the Tree Register, and has spent the last ten years studying and recording trees at many hundreds of estates around Britain; he also manages a nature reserve for Sussex wildlife Trust. He is author of The Sussex Tree Book (1998) and The Kent Tree Book.

David More has been a botanical illustrator for many years. His previous books include Collins Gem Trees.

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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful
By Greshon
This is a wonderful guide, both small and comprehensive. It combines accurate and concise descriptions with beautiful illustrations of the whole tree, the leaves, the flowers and the fruit. An interesing feature: it tells you if a tree is indigenous and, if not, when it was introduced. The only downside is that it doesn't show pictorally what each tree looks like during different seasons, which can sometimes make identification tricky. Some guides show each tree in two seasons, half during one season and half during another.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for enthusiasts, helpful for beginners 2 Sep 2007
Like many Collins guides, this is the one you want if you want to know pretty much everything. The range of species is vast and covers many of the unusual trees you'll find in aboreta, too. No other portable guide comes close. Oxford University Press's recent Trees: A field guide to the trees of Britain and Northern Europe is the only photographic contender, which has the additional benefit of distribution maps of the natural range of many species. My favourite tree guide, however, remains Cassell's Trees of Britain and Northern Europe - monster publication which lacks the illustrative detail of the Collins guide but helps guide you through the hardiness and suitability of trees for gardens, parks, etc. So whilst Collins is very much a naturalist's guide, Cassells is more geared towards tree planters and admirers.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Field Guide 16 May 2007
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I've just got into trees and this book is great. I don't normally like Collins books but this one goes everywhere with me, along with Birds of Europe by Lars Jonsson, and The Wild Flower Key by Francis Rose. Descriptions are concise and clear and illustrations are superb. If you're into trees, or like me are just getting into them, this is the field guide to have. It's a bit overwhelming at first as there's so much in it, but you soon get used to it. It's a joy to use. Hug trees? You'll hug this book.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not all that useful ... 4 Feb 2011
So many people have said good things about this book that I finally decided to order it. I do not regret that I did, but I am disappointed. Why? The book has all the nice features others have mentioned (beautiful illustrations, accurate descriptions ...)but if I have to identify an unknown tree - which is why I bought the book - there is no key that speeds up the process. There is a lot of comparing similar illustrations, trying to see subtle differences, going back to the text comparing various descriptions, etc.; a very tedious process in the larger genera like the Firs, Pines, Oaks, Cherries... But the trouble starts earlier: If I am a novice at identifying trees, I will have to spend much time figuring out which genus I have before me. The pictorial keys only illustrate "some" genera, so I might miss the one before me and will have to be referred to the correct one (if I am lucky) by one of the notes in the "Compare" section of each species, or I may misinterpret the illustrations and end up with something totally wrong. It is easy to make this mistake because the illustrations only give relative size. So if I want to identify a Holm Oak for example, I am faced with some choice on page 16 (oval/ boat shaped leaves: evergreen) because I have no idea how relative size translates into absolute size. So, even trying to find the correct genus will in many instances not be possible without a lot of leafing through many pages. I find this totally frustrating and unnecessary. The book is therefore definitely not "the best available" guide for identification. The predecessor of this book, Alan Mitchell's "A Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Northern Europe" contained some keys and they offered a most welcome shortcut to the result. Read more ›
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Text Book 9 Aug 2007
I use this book in my Woody Plant classes at Temple University, in the US because the drawings are amazingly accurate. At the beginning of the book there is an entire section devoted to twig drawings that few books have. It makes twig comparisons much easier for winter ID.

In addition, the book also has wonderful leaf drawings that are also invaluable for helping with ID and comparisons.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No space for complaints.. literally 17 Oct 2011
Comprehensive information packed gem. The tardis of UK tree books.

I've been teaching myself about trees for several years now and this has been an invaluable little tool.

It has a very useful key at the beginning with leaf shapes and branch appearance separated and catagorised. From here it is usually very easy to find the species you are trying to identify.

I find it easier to learn botanical id from illustrations than photos as a rule. The illustrator is able to emphasise key features of difference more effectively than using arrows on a photo.

I don't take it in to the field anymore (I used to all the time), because generally I only find the odd or two trees here and there I need to ID'd. I take samples and check when I get home.

It is an ideal learning tool. Mine is full of leaf samples and covered in muck and dead insects.. exactly how a field guide should end up.

The only slight negatives are that it is still quite hefty and that I would have liked a bit more info about what uses the wood has. But that is just greedy.. and an impossibility. The book is almost overflowing with hard core info.
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Published 2 days ago by George Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars and find this the most useful guide on market
I am a professional arborist, and find this the most useful guide on market
Published 3 days ago by david siddle
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Trees
Filled with great detail. Great for identifying trees of all sorts even rarer trees are included.
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This is an easy to use guide with great pictures.
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great book, very detailed.
Published 27 days ago by nev
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
It is a great book for looking at trees. Wonderful illustrations and very comprehensive. Not the easiest book to carry around to identify trees out in the field but then the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
It is full of information and images of trees, the leaves, fruit etc... which are actual high definition images rather than drawings which are never as good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Yerrr
4.0 out of 5 stars Tree-mendous
Very detailed book with a wealth of information with plenty of diagrams and illustrations to keep you on the right path with trees,
Published 1 month ago by FIFE HAGGIS
4.0 out of 5 stars Collins Tree Guide
A good and mandatory book for any person with interest in know more about tree identification.

Also, a good book to take to field trips.
Published 2 months ago by Ricardo Silva
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