Notes on Colin Tudge's The Tree

Notes on Colin Tudge's The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter
By J. Zimmerman

From the Preface:
"In short, without trees our species would not have come into being at all. And if trees had disappeared after we hit the ground, we would still be scrabbling like baboons (assuming the baboons had even allowed us to live)."

Sections:

I WHAT IS A TREE?

  1. Trees in mind: Simple questions with complicated answers
  2. Keeping track
  3. How trees became
  4. Wood

II ALL THE TREES IN THE WORLD.

  1. Trees without flowers: the conifers
  2. Trees with flowers: Magnolias and other primitives
  3. From palms and screw pines to yuccas and bamboos: the monocot trees
  4. Thoroughly modern broadleaves
  5. From oaks to mangoes: the glorious inventory of rose-like eudicots
  6. From handkerchief trees to teak: the daisy-like eudicots

III THE LIFE OF TREES.

  1. How trees live
  2. Which trees live where, and why
  3. The social life of trees: war or peace?

IV TREES AND US.

  1. The future with trees

Illustrations

Delightful line drawings (by Dawn Burford) include:

1. Trees in mind: Simple questions with complicated answers

2: Keeping track

3: How trees became

4: Wood

5: Trees without flowers: the conifers

6: Trees with flowers: Magnolias and other primitives

7: From palms and screw pines to yuccas and bamboos: the monocot trees

8: Thoroughly modern broadleaves

9: From oaks to mangoes: the glorious inventory of rose-like eudicots

10: From handkerchief trees to teak: the daisy-like eudicots

11: How trees live

12: Which trees live where, and why

13: The social life of trees: war or peace?

14: The future with trees

Book Choice.

Sierra Nevada Tree Identifier. My First Summer in the Sierra
by John Muir.
Buy Sierra Nevada: The Naturalist's Companion Sierra Nevada: The Naturalist's Companion
by Verna R. Johnson. Published University of California Press.
The Ecology of Fire
by Robert J. Whelan.
Fire in Sierra Nevada Forests: A Photographic Interpretation of Ecological Change Since 1849
by George E. Gruell.

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