Trees: From Root to Leaf

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$49.95  $46.45
University of Chicago Press
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9.2 X 11.3 X 1.3 inches | 4.35 pounds

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About the Author

Paul Smith is secretary-general of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). BGCI leads the Global Tree Assessment and recently published the "State of the World's Trees Report" showing that one-third of the world's tree species are threatened with extinction. Prior to joining BGCI, Smith was head of the Millennium Seed Bank of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. He is editor of The Book of Seeds, also published by the University of Chicago Press.


Praise for Smith's The Book of Seeds
"Handsome and handy. . . . Learn here about achenes like rhubarb seeds, which are dispersed by the wind. Or samaras, like the seeds of the English elm, found in the middle of two transparent green wings." ― New York Times

"Smith's stunning prose and fabulous illustrations make his book, Trees, an essential volume for both tree lovers and tree professionals. He not only celebrates trees, but also interweaves amazing facts and essential biology about these essential woody denizens of our planet. From seeds to leaves and form, bark, wood, flowers, and fruits, the book is an inspirational journey through the stories of diverse trees, and their impact on humankind. I loved it!"

--Margaret Lowman, Executive Director, TREE Foundation
"In a world that is turning to trees to help solve the climate and biodiversity crises, Paul Smith's Trees provides all of the ecological knowledge we need to use these essential plants to their greatest effectiveness. A fascinating read from root to leaf!"--Douglas Tallamy
"Dendrites, the branched extensions of nerve cells, are named after the Greek dendron, or 'tree'. 'We think with trees, ' says the foreword to this engaging, enchantingly illustrated global study by plant ecologist and conservationist Paul Smith, organized by life cycle into sections from 'Seeds' to 'Fruits', including art and architecture."-- "Nature"

"Trees provides its readers with a copiously illustrated compendium of information arranged and presented in a manner that makes it very accessible to all regardless of their previous familiarity with the subject. . . . If you have an interest in learning more about these remarkable organisms but perhaps don't know where to begin doing so, Trees is most certainly a book about which you should know. It would also make a lovely gift for most anyone whose interests incline toward natural history."

-- "Well-Read Naturalist"
"There are many books published on trees, but none quite like this one. The focus on trees from biological, ecological, and cultural perspectives; the array of diverse examples; and the excellence in design and illustration--all paired with the author's considerable personal experience--make this book stand out."--Sir Peter Crane, author of Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot