10 Favorite Tree and Forestry book

Date May 08, 2022

Author TreeNewal Staff

There are many wonderful tree and forestry books out there, and it was difficult to choose just 10 favorites. But after much deliberation, we have come up with a list of our top 10 picks. Whether you are an arborist or just interested in trees, these books will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about these amazing plants. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did!

If you’re looking to learn more about tree identification, this is the book for you. It features over 200 of Texas’ most common native and naturalized trees, and each one is clearly illustrated with images scanned directly from actual specimens. This guide is perfect for people who want to learn how to identify trees.

Neil Sperry is a legend when it comes to Texas horticulture. If you’re a gardening or tree care enthusiast, this book is a great guide for best practices in the Lone Star State. It covers topics like tree selection and placement, lawn care, landscaping, and much more. Plus, Neil signs every copy himself. This book is only available through his website and is a worthwhile guide for any Texan.

Trees of North America is a comprehensive guide to the different tree species found throughout the continent. It covers over 540 species, with nearly 2,500 full-color photographs. Whether you’re wanting to identify a tree in your backyard, or one from a hike, this guide is perfect.

This is a great book for kids (and adults!) who want to learn about trees. It features beautiful illustrations and fun facts about trees from all around North America. Each profile features a beautiful botanical watercolor, showing the tree through the seasons and life-size depictions of its leaf, flower, and seed.

Famous Trees of Texas is a beautiful description of the Lone Star State’s relationship between history and the environment. Originally printed in 1970 by the Texas Forest Service (now Texas A&M Forest Service), this classic book features photos and stories of 101 trees throughout Texas.

This best-selling book tells the story of the passionate individuals who discovered, climbed, and studied the tallest living things on Earth- the redwoods. The author, Richard Preston, takes readers on a journey from the early days of redwood exploration to the present, showing how these trees have been integral in our understanding of forest ecology.

This classic tale follows the story of a shepherd in Provence who sets out to reforest the desolate landscape. Over the course of 30 years, he single-handedly plants an entire forest, changing the lives of everyone around him. The Man Who Planted Trees is a heartwarming story that will inspire you to make a difference in your own corner of the world.

In this best-selling book, Peter Wohlleben reveals the fascinating inner workings of trees and their communication networks. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to show how trees are social beings that communicate through a complex system of roots, fungi, and pheromones. The Hidden Life of Trees will change the way you see the natural world.

Suzanne Simard is a pioneer of plant communication and intelligence. In this book, she brilliantly highlights how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved and how they recognize neighbors, compete and cooperate with one another. She also explores how humans can learn from these amazing organisms.

This book is a must-read for anyone who loves trees. In it, author Colin Tudge tells the story of the tree, from humble seedlings to centuries-old redwoods. Colin travels around the world, bringing to life stories and facts about the trees around us.

I hope you enjoyed our guide to some of our favorite tree and forestry books. From detailed guides to beautifully written stories, there’s something for everyone. So get out there and start reading about trees!

P.S. If you’re looking for a guide to tree identification, check out our blog post on How to ID Trees in Texas. Happy tree-ing!

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