What kind of tree is that? Whether you're hiking in the woods or simply sitting in your backyard, from Maine to New York you'll never be without an answer to that question, thanks to this handy companion to the trees of the Northeast. Featuring detailed information and illustrations covering each phase of a tree's lifecycle, this indispensable guidebook explains how to identify trees by their bark alone – no more need to wait for leaf season. Chapters on the structure and ecology of tree bark, descriptions of bark appearance, an easy-to-use identification key, and supplemental information on non-bark characteristics – all enhanced by more than 450 photographs, illustrations, and maps – will show you how to distinguish the textures, shapes, and colours of bark to recognize various tree species, and also understand why these traits evolved.
Whether you're a professional naturalist or a parent leading a family hike, Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast will be your essential guide to the region's 67 native and naturalized tree species.
Michael Wojtech edited the journal Whole Terrain and now researches, writes, and teaches about trees and other aspects of natural history. He lives with his family in the woods of western Massachusetts.