Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening  

Go Back   Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening > General Gardening Boards > WG Library > Book Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-21-2009, 03:53 PM   #1
Official Plant Nerd
 
Equilibrium's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
leaf The Shrub Identification Book: The Visual Method for the Practical Identification... (Symonds)

'The Shrub Identification' Book by George W. Symonds
Amazon.com: The Shrub Identification Book: The Visual Method for the Practical Identification of Shrubs, Including Woody Vines and Ground Covers: George W. Symonds, A. W. Merwin: Books

This is a companion to 'The Tree Identification Book'. They're both one and onlies IMHO. You can identify just about any woody shrub or vine using the pictoral keys in this book. We're talking an identification book only so don't be expecting to find cultural information. I have no problems with the black and white photographs in the book. I prefer them to color which can be distracting. I read a review on the book that stated, "This is a 'multiple entry' key, a rare type. You can start with any part of the plant - leaf, twig, flower, bark, even armament -- and quickly reduce your possibilities or confirm your id." True, very true. My copy is trashed it's used so much.
__________________
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss

Last edited by Calliandra; 07-30-2010 at 01:47 PM.
Equilibrium is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2009, 04:00 PM   #2
Pope
 
Hedgerowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Virginia
Default

Thanks for the review, Equilibrium. I was just reading about this book last week on Amazon and had put it on my wish list. It's good to hear about it from someone I know and trust.
Hedgerowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2009, 04:03 PM   #3
Official Plant Nerd
 
Equilibrium's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Default

It's the best of the best for identification of shrubs and vines of Eastern North America IMHO.
__________________
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss
Equilibrium is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2009, 06:33 PM   #4
Co-Administrator
 
Cirsium's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Midwest
Default

I have both of those books, and I'll second Equilibrium's recommendation. They are the first books I turn to to ID a tree, shrub or vine. No filtering through a bunch of extraneous information; it goes right to the key characteristics that separate the species.
Cirsium is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
book, identification, method, practical, shrub, symonds, trees, visual

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:00 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2