Back in October I had the occasion to be at a park in Williamsburg with two very knowledgeable men and quizzed them quite a bit about the trees we were walking among. After our tour I picked their brains for the best reference books for identifying trees. The first was a no-brainer. Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs. This is an excellent book to have on hand.
The next is Tree Finder by May Watts. A good one to have in your hip pocket as you walk through the woods.
The third one I recently purchased was by the publisher Dorling Kindersley. It is a Smithsonian Handbooks series… titled Trees by Allen J. Coombes.
The fourth one I had already. It is Hampton Roads Urban Forest Field Guide . It is a collaborative effort under the guidance of Dr. Bonnie Appleton, Professor of Horticulture at Virginia Tech.
I use all four and the internet to further my conclusions….then I ask my Tree Steward friends if I am even close to a correct ID.!?!?