How to Use the Tree Book

The second edition of the Tree Book has a different look from the first. We have included 40 native trees that grow in British Columbia.

The first two pages of the Tree Book What are the Parts of a Tree? and What to Look For) give you some tips on how to identify trees. Once you are familiar with the identifying features, see the Index of Trees — Keys for Identifying Trees and narrow your choices.

For each tree, you will find key identifying features such as bark, fruit or cones, and needles or leaves, along with photographs and descriptions. Be sure to check the distribution map to find out if the tree grows in your area. The Biogeoclimatic map of British Columbia provides more information and maps for specific zones.

There is also information on the kind of environment in which each tree species likes to grow, the other trees and plants that usually grow with it, and some of the animals that consider it part of their habitat.

We have provided some information about present and past uses for each tree. At the end of the book, you will find some naturalists' notes to help you answer questions such as, What is an Ecosystem? Why do trees grow where they do? and Do ecosystems always stay the same?

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Caution! Many native groups have used and continue to use parts of trees for medicine. We do not recommend consumption without full knowledge of possible side effects.

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