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Forest Trees of Illinois
cover of Forest Trees of Illinois

This is the ultimate field guide for outdoor enthusiasts in Illinois. Forest Trees of Illinois is the ideal resource for naturalists, homeowners, landowners, hunters, weekend campers, students, teachers, and natural resources professionals.

The book provides a comprehensive overview of almost 150 native and introduced tree species that are found in Illinois. Species are presented by common and scientific name. Descriptions include detailed information on growth form, bark, leaves, twigs, buds, flowers, fruit, wood, uses, habitat, range, and distinguishing features. Each description is illustrated with a photo of the bark, drawings of leaves, twigs, and fruit, and an Illinois range map.

The 10th edition of this invaluable resource is updated and revised with new illustrations and new information, including the addition of two native tree species.

Features of the 2009 edition include:

  • Waterproof cover
  • Handy 5" x 8" size
  • New glossary of botanical terms
  • Updated species information
  • Leaf, twig, and fruit illustrations
  • New, high-resolution bark photos
  • Updated species distribution maps
  • Index of common and scientific names
  • Dichotomous key

Since 1927, Forest Trees of Illinois has been the definitive, introductory field guide for native and introduced trees of the Prairie State. It's a book every Illinoisan should have in the backpack and on the bookshelf.

Purchase this book at our NEW PubsPlus website. Cost is $14.