A Natural History of Trees: of Eastern and Central North by Donald Peattie, Paul Landacre, Robert Finch

By Donald Peattie, Paul Landacre, Robert Finch

One of 2 actual classics of yankee nature writing now in paperback; the opposite is A average historical past of Western Trees.

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10. Buds sticky with resin, fragrant when crushed 11. Leaf blades whitish or gray beneath, sharply contrasted with upper green surface................ Black Cottonwood page 32 11. Leaf blades light green beneath, the two surfaces not sharply contrasted....................... Narrowleaved Cottonwood page 33 10. Buds not sticky when crushed, not fragrant 12. Bark on trunk white, twigs brown.............................. Paper Birch page 37 12. Bark on trunk whitish green to black, twigs variously colored 13.

Leaves variously hairy or without hairs, but the lower surface not hidden 28. Leaf marginal teeth all about the same size, not lobed 29. Leaf with a narrow, extended tip...................... Chokecherry page 56 29. Leaves rounded over the tip 30. Leaf broadly oval to circular, marginal teeth prominent only on upper half of leaf............... Serviceberry page 65 30. Leaf narrowly oval; teeth not prominent but often evident......................................... Sandcherry page 64 28. Leaf unequally toothed or lobed 31.

It is a small tree or large shrub, usually growing in mountain canyons. Its principal uses are for ornamental planting and for wildlife food. It produces clusters of red to bright orange fruits in autumn, and the fall foliage color is bright and showy. Another native species, the Sitka mountain-ash (S. sitchensis), is shrubbier and occurs mostly in northwestern Montana. The most commonly cultivated mountain-ash in Montana is the European mountain-ash (S. aucuparia). Leaves: Occur alternately, 4-6 inches long with 11 to 17 leaflets 1-2 inches long and 1/2-1 inch wide, taper-tipped or lance-shaped; colored orange-red in autumn.

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