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For centuries people have used trees, shrubs, and woody vines for food, clothing, ritual, construction, scientific study, and more. However, these important plants are easy to overlook during the winter months, when the absence of leaves, fruit, and other distinguishing characteristics makes them difficult to recognize.

This comprehensive volume is the essential guide to woody plants in Kentucky, Tennessee, and surrounding states during the winter season. Featuring color images of more than four hundred species, this detailed botanical resource provides keys to the genera and species, as well as descriptions of the genera. The species accounts include useful information on Latin meanings, common names, habitats and distributions, and notes on toxicity, nativity, rarity, and wetland status. In addition, authors Ronald L. Jones and B. Eugene Wofford provide notes on practical uses for the plants, including food, medicine, fiber, and weapons.

Winter identification of woody plants can be a daunting exercise, but Jones and Wofford present clear and authoritative information that can help anyone spot these species in the wild. Whether taken into the field or enjoyed at home, Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee: The Complete Winter Guide to Their Identification and Use is a comprehensive and accessible resource for professional and amateur botanists, students, commercial landscapers, homeowners, and outdoor enthusiasts.

Ronald L. Jones is foundation professor of biological sciences and curator of the herbarium at Eastern Kentucky University. He is the author of Plant Life of Kentucky: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Flora.

B. Eugene Wofford is research professor and director of the herbarium at the University of Tennessee. He is the author of Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Blue Ridge and coauthor of Guide to the Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Tennessee.

This book is an excellent resource for those who need to identify the woody plants of the two states in winter conditions. The images and writing are superb and represent one of the best collections of this type that I have seen. -- Edward W. Chester, Austin Peay State University

A significant contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the plants of Kentucky, Tennessee, and adjacent regions of the Southeast. The images will be of tremendous benefit to those seeking to identify plants during the fall, winter, and early spring. -- Zack Murrell, Appalachian State University

A useful resource for for enriching botanical expertise. -- Lexington Herald-Leader

It is a book of valuable information and reference for professional botanists and consultatns, college and high school teachers and students, state and federal foresters, farmers, agricultural agents, land planners, landscape architects, and others who are interested in woody plant identification and uses as a hobby. -- Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science

Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee is an essential reference for professional botanists and consultants, high school teachers and students, foresters and farmers, agricultural agents, land planners and landscape architects, nature and gardening enthusiasts, and many others. In addition, those who wish to learn more about the practical uses of wild plants in winter, especially during emergency survival situations, will also find information listed for each appropriate species as well as appendixes of plants used for food, medicine, making rope, and constructing bows and arrows. -- Knoxville Daily Sun

Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee is a well-illustrated winter guide to the woody plants of Kentucky, Tennessee and various other closely surrounding regions - offering their identification and use. -- Linda Hinchcliffe -- Chevy Chaser Magazine

This attractive work is a significant addition to the winter-botany genre. -- Taxon

Anyone who has ever been challenged with identifying plants in the winter will welcome this helpful addition to the literature on identification of woody plants. -- The New England Botanical Club

An excellent guide to the identification and uses of 172 genera and 457 species and lesser taxa of woody plants in their winter condition in Kentucky and Tennessee -- James D. Caponetti -- Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science

If you ever wanted to know anything about the woody plants of Kentucky, Tennessee, and most of the Southeast, then this is the book for you. -- Tennessee Libraries

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY






Woody plants, Kentucky, Tennessee


Plant Sciences

Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee: The Complete Winter Guide to Their Identification and Use
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