The Sibley Guide to Trees
David Allen Sibley
Meticulously detailed paintings demonstrate that illustrations are often superior to photographs in the ability to highlight subtle distinctions between species, sometimes superior even to words in the ability to communicate morphological nuances. The paintings illustrate, reinforce, and elaborate on the text.
More than 600 tree species — native and introduced, growing througout the country — are included in this guide. Trees are grouped with their close relatives, which makes similarities and differences more readily observable. By focusing on the fundamental characteristics of, for example, oaks or chestnuts or hickories, The Sibley Guide to Trees helps the user to recognize basic species groups the same way birders recognize thrushes, warblers, or sparrows.
Alfred A. Knopf