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As the definitive identification guide to the shrubs and woody vines of Indiana, this book provides coverage of approximately 90 percent of the species that are found in surrounding Midwestern states. As well as covering indigenous species, it also includes all currently known invasive shrubs and woody vines. Written by two leading experts on woody plants and their myriad values, the guide is prepared in the same attractive, easy-to-use format as their best-selling Native Trees of the Midwest. Descriptive text explains how to identify every species in any season, and original color photographs (generally six per species) taken by Sally Weeks detail all important characteristics. The authors provide practical guidance concerning the potential ornamental value of each species for those interested in landscaping and also evaluate the potential cover and food value for wildlife. The volume includes distribution maps, identification keys, and an index of both common and Latin names.
Sally S. Weeks was born and grew up on a dairy farm near Winamac, Indiana. She received a BSF in wildlife management and a MS in forestry from Purdue's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, where she now teaches tree and shrub identification. Harmon P. Weeks Jr. is a professor of wildlife science in forestry and natural resources at Purdue University and has taught habitat management for over thirty years. Michael Homoya is state botanist for the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves, holds two degrees in botany from Southern Illinois University, and is renowned for his knowledge of Midwestern flora.