New York City Trees

A Field Guide for the Metropolitan Area

Edward S. Barnard

Columbia University Press

New York City Trees

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Pub Date: September 2002

ISBN: 9780231128353

240 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $19.95£14.95

New York City Trees

A Field Guide for the Metropolitan Area

Edward S. Barnard

Columbia University Press

If you're not a tree lover now, this pocket-sized gem—dedicated to the idea that every species of tree has a story and every individual tree has a history—will make you one. Produced in consultation with the City's Parks and Recreation department and the New York Tree Trust, this book is a reference to the stories of New York City's trees, complete with photographs, tree silhouettes, leaf and fruit morphologies, and charming and informative explanatory texts. It is divided into four sections: "The Best Places to See Trees," full of insider's tips and helpful maps; "New York City's Great Trees," a directory of the oldest, strangest, most beautiful trees; "The Tree Guide," arranged for ease of identification by leaf shape and size; and, finally, "Sources and Resources" for future investigation.

With over 700 beautiful color photographs, drawings, and detailed maps, this is the ultimate field guide to the trees of the Big Apple and the metropolitan region.

The Parks Department's excellent field guide to more than 125 metro-area species proves that we're not all about asphalt.

New York Magazine

Contains vivid photos, maps and descriptions... famous individual trees... and suggested 'tree walks'.

Time Out New York

Explains which park was razed by Civil War soldiers, why Orchard Street is so named, and where to find the city's little-known sassafras thickets.

The New Yorker

About the Author

Edward Sibley Barnard is an editor and an author of several books on natural history, including New York City Trees. He lived near Central Park for over 40 years, frequently bicycling on the Drive and often stopping to photograph his favorite trees and landscapes. He now lives with his wife in Philadelphia.

Neil Calvanese was the Central Park Conservancy's vice president for operations. With a staff of 200, he oversaw all horticultural work in Central Park. He began working as an arborist in 1981 and participated in the park's renaissance. He retired in 2014 and moved with his wife to the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York.