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In the course of developing the Gymnosperm Database, I have drawn on a wide array of information sources -- newspaper articles, articles from scientific journals, academic and popular books, historical materials, Internet data sources, e-mail from readers, conversation with conifer and cycad lovers (I'm afraid I have yet to meet a Gnetum nut), and personal field experience. Wherever possible, I have included links to the Internet data sources. This page provides access to commercial sources for printed matter. The first such source is the online bookstore, Amazon.com. Anything you purchase from Amazon using the links on this page will return a small royalty to me, which I will use to help defray the costs of maintaining this website. The second such source is any other online link to book sales, which I will use for books that Amazon does not carry. The third source, which I recommend you use to search for journal articles and some other materials from the technical literature, is Google Scholar. This will help you identify the existence of a relevant article and in most cases there will be a way to access it, if only by paying an exorbitant sum of money. It is usually better to use your local library, which can in many cases get these journals on interlibrary loan. It seems that libraries do still have their uses in this digital age.

All books are listed alphabetically, by author. Books with a link may be purchased by clicking on the link or the image.

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arno Stephen F. Arno and Ramona P. Hammerly (Illustrator). 2007. Northwest Trees (second edition). Seattle: Mountaineers Books.

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Excellent illustrations and fine nature writing. This and the next book are well worth owning.

book cover Stephen F. Arno and Jane Gyer (Illustrator). 1986. Discovering Sierra Trees.

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book cover Aris G. Auders and Derek P. Spicer. 2012. Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Conifers: a Comprehensive Guide to Cultivars and Species.

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This seems to be the era of conifer encyclopedias; nothing of note for decades, and then comprehensive treatments published in 2009 (Eckenwalder), 2010 (Farjon), and twice in 2012 (Debreczy and Racz, Auders and Spicer)! Of the four, this is the only one that provides in-depth treatments of cultivars, and though I haven't seen the books yet, I trust Derek Spicer to have done a very thorough job of it. Hard to find and expensive. If the links for Amazon.com don't work out, try the Royal Horticultural Society.

book cover James Balog. 2004. Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest.

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This is basically a BIG picture book with some entertaining text about people obsessed with trees. The pictures are in many ways unique and memorable; in particular, Balog has done a better job than any other professional photographer of capturing Sequoia sempervirens on camera. When I want to show people why canopy research is so cool, this is the book I show them.

book cover Barbour, Lydon, Borchert, Popper, Whitworth and Evarts. 2001. Coast Redwood: A Natural and Cultural History.

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book cover Chris Beatty and John Ledges. 1999. The Ecopress Complete Guide to Native Conifers of the Pacific Northwest.

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book cover Charles C. Beck and Charles B. Beck (Editor). 1988. Origin and Evolution of Gymnosperms. Columbia Univ Press.

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book cover Dale N. Bever. 1981. Northwest Conifers : A Photographic Key.

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Exceptionally good for its photographs.

book cover Richard Bird. 1995. Identifying Ornamental Conifers: The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier.

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book cover Charles Bowden and Jack W. Dykinga. 1993. The Secret Forest. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

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This book doesn't have a lot of information on conifers (although there are some great Taxodium mucronatum photos), but is otherwise a great introduction to the dry seasonal forest of the Barranca del Cobre region in Mexico, and I recommend it to anyone contemplating travel to that conifer-rich area.

book cover David Alan Charlet and Bridget Keimel (Illustrator). 1996. Atlas of Nevada Conifers: A Phytogeographic Reference.

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I do enjoy this book. The substance is simply a detailed list of herbarium records and accompanying species range maps, but the interspersed woodcuts of cones and foliage are both lovely and very accurate, and the book is full of little detailed notes that will be appreciated by those who are lucky enough to go tree-hunting in the desolation of Nevada.

book cover Anand Chetan and Diana Brueton. 1995. The Sacred Yew: Rediscovering the Ancient Tree of Life Through the Work of Allen Meredith. Penguin.

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The publisher says "This volume centres on the work of Allen Meredith, who for 14 years has been tracking down and charting all Britain's yew trees, and whose life is now dedicated to their preservation. His discovery that many of these trees are thousands rather than hundreds of years old is now accepted by botanists like David Bellamy, and his theory that the Magna Carta was signed, not at Runnymede, but beneath a yew tree just across the Thames, has also found scholarly support. Meredith has a visionary belief in the importance of the yew tree to life on Earth, and the other main strand of the book is a study of the tree's role in Christian and pre-Christian tradition."

book cover Remy Claire. 2010. Le Douglas Un Arbre Exceptionnel (in French).

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book cover Cohen, Michael P. 1998. A Garden of Bristlecones: Tales of Change in the Great Basin. University of Nevada Press.

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book cover Edward A. Cope and Bente S. King (Illustrator). 1993. Native and Cultivated Conifers of Northeastern North America: A Guide.

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book cover Davis et al. 1996. Eastern Old-Growth Forests: Prospects For Rediscovery And Recovery. Island Press.

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book cover Z. Debreczy and I. Racz. 2012. Conifers around the world. Dendropress Ltd. 2 vols.

This superb reference gives a full overview of the world’s temperate-zone conifers and taxads, covering 534 species. No longer available; check the used market.

book cover Lawrence S. Earley. 2004. Looking For Longleaf. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press. 322pp.

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Highly recommended for its insights to the ecology and ethnobotany of the species, and its historical information, but also because it's an interesting story very well written--a good read, regardless of whether you care about Pinus palustris.

book cover James E. Eckenwalder. 2009. Conifers of the World. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

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Recently published compilation of most of the world's conifer species. The number has been reduced by lumping quite a few taxa, and the treatment of each is necessarily brief, and there are a fair number of minor errors; but let's not quibble. Dr. Eckenwalder has done a fine job here, and at a very reasonable price. Recommended, especially if you can't meet the price of Dr. Farjon's 2010 encyclopedia of the conifers.

book cover Francis H. Elmore and Jeanne R. Janish. 1976. Shrubs and trees of the Southwest uplands. Tucson: Southwest Parks and Monuments Association.

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Highly recommended as a field guide for botanical neophytes in the American southwest.

book cover Neal J. Enright and Robert S. Hill (Editors). 1996. Ecology of the Southern Conifers

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"Southern" as in the Southern hemisphere. If you are interested in the ecology of the Podocarps, Araucarias and esoteric southern Cupressaceae, then there is simply no alternative to this book; it is unique in the field.

book cover Aljos Farjon and Denis Filer. 2013. An Atlas of the World's Conifers. Brill.

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This is the first ever atlas of all known conifer species, based on the Conifers of the World database. The Atlas includes distribution maps and biogeographical detail for all conifer taxa from family to infra-specific taxa. Patterns of distribution and diversity are extensively discussed and the Atlas contains many photographs of species in their natural habitat. Phylogenetic analyses and the fossil record are referred to where available to explain these patterns.

book cover Aljos Farjon. 2010. A Handbook of the World's Conifers. Brill.

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"Handbook" is a misnomer, since it consists of two very substantial volumes, but this is the culmination of a lifetime of research by the world's foremost conifer taxonomist. The author is also an exceptionally skilled botanical illustrator, and consequently these volumes are easily better illustrated than any other recent attempt to treat the conifers in toto; in fact, the only real competition was published back in the 19th Century and is hopelessly outdated from a scientific viewpoint.

book cover Aljos Farjon. 2008. A Natural History of Conifers. Timber Press.

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Informative, well-written, insightful, attractive, and affordable. If you only have one book about conifers, this should be it. If you have a hundred, this one should occupy a prominent spot on the shelf.

book cover Aljos Farjon. 2005. World Checklist and Bibliography of Conifers. Second edition. Kew Books.

Buy it! (Paperback) - from Kewbooks.com

This is my only conifer book that is never on the shelf. I refer to it constantly because it has a pretty authoritative list of all the taxa and all the relevant nomenclature.

book cover Aljos Farjon. 2005. Pines : Drawings and Descriptions of the Genus Pinus. Second ed. Brill Academic Publishers. ISBN 9004139168.

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book cover Aljos Farjon. 1991. Pinaceae : Drawings and Descriptions of the Genera : Abies, Cedrus, Pseudolarix, Keteleeria, Nothotsuga, Tsuga, Cathaya, Pseudotsuga, Larix and Picea. Lubrecht & Cramer Ltd.

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A great book, with great pictures, but $245.00!

book cover Aljos Farjon. 2005. A Monograph of Cupressaceae & Sciadopitys. ISBN 1842460000

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Another splendid book by the world's ranking conifer taxonomist. It is thick (648 pages), heavy (3.25 kg), and expensive (about $270), but incomparable.

book cover Aljos Farjon and B.T. Styles. 1997. Pinus (Pinaceae). Flora Neotropica Monograph 75. New York, NY: The New York Botanical Garden.

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The current state of the art for pines of Mexico and Central America. It is a particularly welcome volume because the taxonomy of these pines has been deeply puzzling to botanists for over a century; this work clears up many old mysteries. Excellent supplementary material on anatomy, pollen morphology, ethnobotany, etc. Outstanding line drawings by Rosemary Wise. If Amazon wants too much money, shop around; it should be available for $75 or less.

Farjon gallery Prints from the Aljos Farjon Gallery

Besides authoring many books (above), Aljos Farjon's pen-and-ink drawings of conifers have adorned many of his books. Many of those drawings are now available as limited edition prints, for sale only through this site.

book cover Bill Finch, Beth Maynor Young, Rhett Johnson and John C. Hall. 2012. Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See. University of North Carolina Press. 176 pp.

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Like Earley's book Looking for Longleaf (above), an exploration of the once and future ecological and social importance of Pinus palustris; this book, in addition, contains many superb color photographs.

book cover Wendell Flint. 2002. To Find the Biggest Tree.

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book cover Flora of Australia Volume 48: Ferns, Gymnosperms and Allied Groups. 1998. CSIRO Publishing.

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book cover Jerry F. Franklin and C.T. Dyrness. 1988. Natural vegetation of Oregon and Washington. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press.

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book cover William B. Gittlen (Illustrator). 1999. Discovered Alive; The Story of the Chinese Redwood. Pierside Publishing.

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book cover Paul Greenwood. 2013. A Brief History of Yew-Trees. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Paul Greenwood.

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The first book here available only as an e-book, for your Kindle. I haven't read it yet but I have read one of Paul's pieces on the yews of northern England and can vouch for its accuracy.

book cover Fred Hageneder. 2007. Yew: A History. Sutton Publishing.

Buy it! (Paperback).

Although it has a few inaccuracies with respect to biology, this is an attractive and highly informative book about yews.

book cover Gwen J. Harden (ed.). 1990. Flora of New South Wales. Kensington, NSW, Australia: New South Wales University Press.

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book cover Hal Hartzell Jr. 1991. The yew tree: a thousand whispers. Eugene, Oregon: Hulogosi L.L.C.

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book cover Harvey, H.T. 2003. The sequoias of Yosemite National Park.

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book cover James C. Hickman (ed.). 1993. The Jepson Manual. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

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book cover Edmund C. Jaeger. 1969. Desert wild flowers. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

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book cover Peter Johnstone and Peter E. Palmquist. 2000. Giants in the Earth: The California Redwoods.

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book cover David L. Jones. 1993, rev. 1998. Cycads of the World (second edition). Australia: Reed Natural History.

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book cover Robert Bevan Jones. 2004. Ancient Yew: A History of Taxus Baccata (2nd ed.). Windgather Press.

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book cover Michael Kauffmann. 2012. Conifer Country. Kneeland, CA: Backcountry Press.

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A very nicely done field guide-plus-guidebook to the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion, which has the highest conifer diversity of any comparably-sized area in North America: 35 species. Readable, well illustrated, and features some fantastic hikes. I also recommend you check out the website at conifercountry.com.

book cover Garry Kerr and Harry McDermott. 1999. The Huon Pine Story. Portland, Victoria: Mainsail Books.

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There aren't many books on Huon pine; this one looks pretty good. It provides an historical perspective on the harvest and use of this species, which is now protected.

book cover Kershner, Tufts, Matthews and Nelson. 2007. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Trees of North America.

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This is currently my top recommendation if you want a portable field guide that covers the native trees of the entire continental U.S. and Canada.

book cover Gerd Krussman, et al. 1985. Manual of Cultivated Conifers.

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One of the most authoritative sources for the horticultural enthusiast, Krussman is generally very accurate, with good descriptions and some of the best line drawings to be found in print. The taxonomy, however, is rather dated, and there is very little ecological information presented.

book cover Ronald M. Lanner. 1981. The Piñon Pine : A Natural and Cultural History. Univ of Nevada Press.

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"A well-written and often witty survey of the natural history of piñon pines, spiced with observations on their importance to the native Indians and subsequent European settlers....The engaging text and copious pictures make it difficult to put the book down, and the appendix of recipes for pine-nut dishes is an added bonus." (Library Journal)

book cover Ronald M. Lanner. 2007. The Bristlecone Book: A Natural History of the World's Oldest Trees. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press. 128 pp. ISBN 978-0-87842-538-9.

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"In this extraordinary journey into the world of bristlecone [and foxtail] pines, author Ronald Lanner exposes the trees inner workings, taking apart a pine to examine bark, buds, needles, cones, roots, and wood. He follows a tree s lifespan from seedling to great old age, presenting a new interpretation of stages of growth. He explains the unusual colors and forms that make bristlecones so picturesque, describes how the forces of nature influence the trees unique shapes, and reveals their secrets of long life. Readers will discover where to go to see these trees and how to identify them. A stunning pageant of color photos shows off bristlecones and their remarkable growth patterns, and a map shows locations of groves."

book cover Ronald M. Lanner. 1999. Conifers of California. Cachuma Press.

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Technically accurate yet very readable descriptions of each of California's 50-odd conifer species are accompanied by beautiful full-page watercolor illustrations of cone and leaf detail, and superb color photos, many by well-known artists. Identification aids include keys, and the book is compact enough to carry around as you explore California's huge and accessible conifer flora. Revised 2nd edition (3rd printing, 2007; this is probably only available in paperback) contains updates on several species, including a revised Cupressus nomenclature.

book cover Ronald M. Lanner. 1996. Made for Each Other: A Symbiosis of Birds and Pines. Oxford University Press.

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This is one of the few "specialist" books that I frequently find myself recommending to people who are just looking for a good read. Although written with proper academic rigor, this exploration of corvid-pine symbiosis is filled with interesting tidbits that you will find yourself regurgitating at need. For instance, did you know that a nutcracker may bury over 25,000 seeds over the course of a season - and then, come winter, remember where it put every one of them?

book cover Elbert L. Little, Jr., Sonja Bullaty (Photographer) and Angelo Lomeo (Photographer). 1980. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees : Eastern Region. Knopf.

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Frankly this book and the one just below are outdated. In 1980 it was the best thing in its class, but natural history books these days are generally better written and easier to use. I recommend Kershner for a portable text, and Mitchell for its superior illustrations.

book cover Elbert L. Little, Jr. and Angelo Lomeo (Photographer). 1980. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees : Western Region. Knopf.

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book cover Paul S. Martin, David Yetman and Mark Fishbein (Editors). 1998. Gentry's Rio Mayo Plants : The Tropical Deciduous Forest & Environs of Northwest Mexico (Southwest Center Series). University of Arizona Press.

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Revised edition, originally published 1942 by Howard Scott Gentry.

book cover Rogers McVaugh. 1992. Flora Nova-Galiciana Vol. 17: Gymnosperms and Pteridophytes. Univ of Michigan Herbarium. 467 pages, 92 figures, 1 map. ISBN 0962073326

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book cover Edwin A. Menninger. 1995. Fantastic Trees. Timber Press.

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book cover Alan Mitchell and David More. 2003. Trees of North America. Thunder Bay Press.

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book cover Moore, David M. 1983. Flora of Tierra del Fuego. U.S.A.: Missouri Botanical Garden.

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book cover Nancy R. Morin (Editor). 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico : Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms. Oxford Univ Press.

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book cover Andrew Morton. 2009. Trees of the Celtic Saints - the Ancient Yews of Wales. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch.

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I've never seen this book, and Amazon doesn't review it. It just looks interesting.

book cover John Muir. 1981. Sierra Big Trees. Vistabooks.

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book cover John Muir. 1997. The Mountains of California (originally published 1894).

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Muir's chapter on forest trees of the Sierra Nevada is a classic of the botanical literature, accurate enough to be useful today (apart from numerous changes in taxonomic nomenclature) and yet wonderfully poetic and evocative. I would call this one of the ten best natural history studies ever written, a fitting companion to books (regretfully, almost devoid of gymnosperm natural history) such as "Voyage of the Beagle" and "A Sand County Almanac."

book cover Alexandra L. Murphy, Robert Petty (Illustrator) and Kathleen Ort (Editor). 1994. Graced by Pines: The Ponderosa Pine in the American West. Mountain Press.

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book cover Hubertus Nimsch. 1995. A Reference Guide to the Gymnosperms of the World. Balogh Scientific Books.

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book cover Knut J. Norstog and Trevor J. Nicholls. 1997. The biology of the cycads. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

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An outstanding and current reference source. Chapters treat: General features, genera and relationships; Anatomy of the stems, leaves and roots; Reproduction and embryo development; Physiology and growth; Population biology and pollination dynamics; The fossil cycadophytes; Old world genera and species; and New world genera and species. The 134 color illustrations provide an added treat.

book cover Reed F. Noss (ed.). 1999. The Redwood Forest: History, Ecology, and Conservation of the Coastal Redwoods. Island Press. 366pp.

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"The Redwood Forest provides scientific guidance for saving the redwood forest by bringing together in a single volume the latest insights from conservation biology along with new information from data-gathering techniques such as GIS and remote sensing. It presents the most current findings on the geologic and cultural history, natural history, ecology, management, and conservation of the flora and fauna of the redwood ecosystem. Leading experts-including Todd Dawson, Bill Libby, John Sawyer, Steve Sillett, Dale Thornburgh, Hartwell Welch, and many others-offer a comprehensive account of the redwoods ecosystem."

I will just add that currently, this is without doubt the best book on redwood ecology.

book cover Roberta Parish, Ray Coupé and Dennis Lloyd. 1996. Plants of southern interior British Columbia. Vancouver, BC: Lone Pine. 463p.

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book cover Donald Culross Peattie, Donald Wyman, and Paul Landacre (Illustrator). 1991. A Natural History of Western Trees. Houghton Mifflin Co. [originally published 1950].

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book cover Donald Culross Peattie, Donald Wyman, and Paul Landacre (Illustrator). 1991. A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central North America. Houghton Mifflin Co.

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book cover Jesse P. Perry. 1991. The Pines of Mexico and Central America. Timber Press.

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If you want to travel in Mexico and have any hope of distinguishing the 47 different species of native pines (not counting significant varieties and subspecies), then you need to carry two books: this one and Farjon & Styles, listed above. Farjon & Styles is better on science and taxonomy, but Perry tells better stories.

book cover E.C. Pielou. 1988. The World of Northern Evergreens.

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book cover Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon (eds.). 1994. Plants of the Pacific Northwest coast. Vancouver, BC: Lone Pine.

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The outstanding field guide for the area.

book cover Graham R. Powell. 2009. Lives of Conifers: A comparative account of the coniferous trees. Johns Hopkins University Press.

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A reviewer says "Graham Powell has written an insightful and beautifully illustrated book on the lives of conifers. Everyone who works with, studies, and loves these trees will derive both knowledge and pleasure from learning about them in great detail. I have always had a special fondness for the conifers and their mystical and inspiring representatives like the massive redwoods and the bleak denizens of the boreal forests, the spruces. Powell's book does them their well-deserved justice."

book cover Graham R. Powell. 2009. Lives of Conifers: A comparative account of the coniferous trees indigenous to Northeastern North America. Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

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The outstanding field guide for the area.

book cover Richard Preston. 2006. The Wild Trees. New York: Random House.

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This book has generated a lot of attention for climbing trees in general. For the most part I don't hold with climbing exceptional trees, because climbing, even when done in the most careful way possible, has a high potential of irreparably damaging the trees. However, climbing for science is another matter, and Preston provides an eminently readable account of the extraordinary new discoveries being made by scientists working in the forest canopy. This book particularly focuses on recent work with Sequoia sempervirens.

book cover Richardson, D.M. (ed.). 1998. Ecology and Biogeography of Pinus. Cambridge University Press.

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An outstanding volume, representing the work of 40 recognized experts, with 22 chapters addressing subjects as diverse as systematics, late Quaternary population dynamics, regional surveys, the role of fire, the evolution of life histories, genetic variation, seed dispersal, ecophysiology, mycorrhiza and soils, diseases and insect interactions, cultivation, and pines as invaders in the southern hemisphere.

book cover Richard Evans Schultes and Robert F. Raffauf. 1990. The healing forest: medicinal and toxic plants of the northwest Amazonia. Portland, OR: Dioscorides Press.

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book cover William K. Smith and Thomas M. Hinckley (Editors). 1994. Ecophysiology of Coniferous Forests.

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I admit it, I've long had a fondness for physiological ecology, and I particularly recommend this book because I have studied (at least briefly) under both authors. If you are interested in the nuts and bolts of how trees actually work, this and the book below provide the best introduction available.

book cover William K. Smith and Thomas M. Hinckley (Editors). 1994. Resource Physiology of Conifers: Acquisition, Allocation, and Utilization. Academic Press.

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book cover Tom Spies and Sally Duncan (Editors). 2008. Old Growth in a New World: A Pacific Northwest Icon Reexamined. Island Press.

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book cover Dennis Wm. Stevenson. 1990. The Biology, Structure, and Systematics of the Cycadales : Proceedings of the Symposium Cycad 87, Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, France, April 17-22, 1987). New York Botanical Garden.

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book cover Diana F. Tomback, Stephen F. Arno and Robert E. Keane (eds). 2000. Whitebark Pine Communities: Ecology and Restoration.

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book cover D. M. Van Gelderen et al. 1996. Conifers : The Illustrated Encyclopedia.

Hardcover (Two volume set).

Van Gelderen is a horticulturalist, and this pair of volumes makes a very strong attempt to illustrate, with glossy color photographs, every taxon and cultivar of conifer. This is its prime value; the text is of much less consequence.

book cover Robert Van Pelt. 1996. Champion Trees of Washington State. University of Washington Press.

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book cover Robert Van Pelt. 2001. Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast. University of Washington Press.

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This book is essential if you are interested in the largest trees of the world, most of which grow in western North America. It presents the five largest known trees of each of the largest 20 species in this region. It is also essential if you are interested in botanical illustration, as the author presents many of what are unquestionably the best line drawings ever produced of really large trees.

book cover Robert Van Pelt. 2007. Identifying Mature and Old Forests In Western Washington. Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

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Highly recommended for its clear exposition of the distinctive structure of these forests and for the many fine line drawings showing the range of morphological variation in dominant trees of these forests.

book cover Robert Van Pelt. 2008. Identifying Old Trees and Forests In Eastern Washington. Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

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Even better than the 2007 volume!

book cover Lori Vermaas. 2003. Sequoia: The Heralded Tree In American Art and Culture. Smithsonian Books. 288 pp.

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One of the few books to discuss Americans' cultural (rather than economic or biological) relationship with their forests.

book cover L. A. Viereck and E. L. Little, Jr. 1972. Alaska trees and shrubs. U.S.D.A. Agricultural Handbook 410. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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book cover Humphrey James Welch. 1991. The Conifer Manual (Forestry Sciences, Vol 34).

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book cover Loren Whitelock. 2002. The Cycads.

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book cover Wilcox and Bielski (eds.). 2009. Araucariaceae: Proceedings of the 2002 Araucariaceae Symposium. International Dendrology Society.

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This long, long awaited volume is the most comprehensive treatment of the Araucariaceae ever published. To the best of my knowledge, it is only available from this one New Zealand seller, and the supply is quite limited.

book cover Claire G. Williams (ed.). 2006. Landscapes, Genomics and Transgenic Conifers (Managing Forest Ecosystems). The Netherlands: Springer.

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book cover Claire G. Williams (ed.). 2009 Conifer Reproductive Biology. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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book cover Dwight Willard. 2000. A Guide to the Sequoia Groves of California. Yosemite Natural History Assn.

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book cover James Woodford. 2000. The Wollemi Pine: The Incredible Discovery of a Living Fossil From the Age of the Dinosaurs. Australia.

Buy it! (Softcover; Kindle also).

book cover Christophe d' Yvoire. 2006. Les Patriarches. Seuil; Essais litteraires edition.

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Black-and-white art photographs of bristlecone pines.

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