SIGNED Philadelphia Trees


With a lively, authoritative text and over 1,000 color photographs, line drawings, and detailed maps, this is the ultimate field guide to trees of Philadelphia and the adjacent counties in the Delaware Valley.

Produced in consultation with the Morris Arboretum, the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this guide contains a wealth of information about 168 tree species growing along streets and in the arboreta, parks, preserves, and botanical gardens of the city and the surrounding area.

It is carefully structured to be used by both beginners and experienced tree lovers. An easy-to-use identification key inside the front cover helps readers to determine a tree’s species quickly by the shapes and arrangements of its leaves.

Each one- or two-page species entry features illustrations of leaves, fruits, flowers, bark, a winter silhouette, a beautiful portrait of a specific tree, and an informative mini-essay full of fascinating historical and botanical facts. Readers don’t have to flip back and forth from photographic plates to text.

Also included in the species entries are lists of places in the city and suburbs where readers can find the trees.

Philadelphia Trees is divided into four fact-filled sections:

Best Places to See Trees describes 50 outstanding parks, botanical gardens, arboreta, and preserves in Philadelphia and within an hour’s drive of the city.

Fifty Philadelphia Great Trees is a directory of 50 trees designated as Great Trees because of their exceptional size, great age, beautiful form, rarity, or significant historical associations.

The Tree Guide is composed of 180 profusely illustrated pages. Besides including native trees found in the region, the guide also covers exotics, such as the katsuratree, often left out of standard field guide.

Sources and Resources lists useful books for further reading and helpful botanical websites. It also includes the index, acknowledgments, and credits.

Paul W. Meyer has been the Director of the Morris Arboretum since 1991. He has traveled on a number of plant expeditions to Korea, China, and Taiwan and is a founding member of the North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium.

Catriona Bull Briger has a master’s degree in landscape architecture and currently works as a designer, editor, and writer in Philadelphia.

Edward Sibley Barnard has written and edited dozens of illustrated books on natural history during a career of more than fifty years in publishing.

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Weight .74 lbs
Dimensions 7.75 × 4 × .75 in


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