The IDENTIFICATION of DECIDUOUS BROAD-LEAVED TREES and SHRUBS in WINTER

by A May and J Palmer
Reprinted from Field Studies 9 No4 (2000)

ISBN 1 85153 207 2

£5

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When members of the Cornwall Gardens Trust are recording a garden they are frequently required to identify trees and shrubs in that garden.  In order to do this, unless one is a trained horticulturist or botanist, one usually relies on leaf shape, flowers or even fruit. Deciduous specimens are therefore likely to be particularly difficult in wintertime. This book provides an answer to the problem. It relies on a simple key system based on the properties of buds on the bare shoots. Each step of the key is illustrated by simple, but very clear, line drawings; so that following through to the correct solution is easy.  Only 70 different species are detailed, but these are from 18 different families so that an unknown specimen can probably be placed within the right family or genus. Closer identification would require resorting to a more advanced book such as Alan Mitchell’s well known, ‘Guide to the Trees of Britain and Northern Europe’, or waiting until the summer. However, this book is a very helpful first step along the way. Furthermore, being not too bulky, it is easy to carry with you.

Alison A Newton