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Tree guide is available

June 21, 2006

With hundreds of species of trees growing in Maryland and throughout the Eastern and Central regions of the United States, the average person might be hard-pressed to recognize and name more than just a handful.

"What Tree Is That?", a 72-page pocket guide, is available from The National Arbor Day Foundation.

The book begins by noting the distinguishing characteristics that separate one tree species from another. Dozens of detailed drawings illustrate the specific shapes and textures of different leaves, needles, acorns, berries, seedpods, cones and other identifying features.

The guide also goes beyond familiar species to include the lesser-known horse chestnut, mockernut hickory, sassafras, shadbush, persimmon, pawpaw, pagodatree and pecan.

To obtain the guide, send your name and address and $3 for each guide to "What Tree is That?", The National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City NE 68410, or order online at arborday.org.

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