Our Trees, How to Know Them

Our Trees, How to Know Them

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...needs the reassuring presence of the acorns to be convinced that such leaves really belong to Oak trees. In the case of the present species the leaves suggest those of the Mountain Laurel to an extent that has led it often to be called the Laurel Oak. But as this name is also applied to another form common in the South it would be better to drop it in connection with the Shingle Oak: the form referred to is called the Water Oak by Sargent; its technical name is Quercus laurifolia, which apparently justifies the Cyclopedia of Horticulture in its use of Laurel Oak as a common name, just as the name Quercus imbricaria indicates that Shingle Oak is an appropriate name for the present species. The Shingle Oak reaches its maximum development near the junction of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, from whence it radiates in various directions: it extends north to Michigan and Wisconsin, east to Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Alabama, west to Missouri and Kansas, and to Tennessee. Outside these limits the tree has often been planted for shade and ornament, the species being hardy as far north as central New England. The tallest trees are one hundred feet high, but generally they are only about half as high. "The leaves of the Shingle Oak," writes a good observer, "are very narrow, almost linear at first, with their edges so straightly revolute that they almost touch each other. They are slightly hairy, the ground color yellowish green with a purple tinge. The fresh twigs are flushed with red on the upper side where most exposed to the light. The young leaves stand out stiffly from the ends of the branchlets, studding them with sharply outlined stellate clusters. Being so narrow, the foliage is very open and one can see through the...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236854225
  • 9781236854223