For those who have an interest in red maples (Acer rubrum), or who have measured DBH’s of hundreds or thousands of them in the course of conducting delineations, this new publication may be of interest. It is a topic that really caught my eye throughout a career spent working in wetlands and adjacent woodlands.
The book title is: The Many Faces of a Most Common Tree: Extraordinary Diversity in Native Red Maple.
The book description is as follows:
This work photographically documents the impressive breadth of variability in the bark of native red maple (Acer rubrum), recognizing similarities and differences and categorizing the different bark patterns. An overview of general patterning is provided, and the presentation of bark types begins with those that are common and with those that are smooth to provide starting points from which to build upon with the many variations. Patterns that are considered peculiar or even unique are recognized, and visual similarities to other tree species are informally noted. Other trunk characteristics are presented, and a section on caricature-like trunks adds a light-hearted touch. The book begins with images of brilliant spring flowers and closes with images of vibrant autumn foliage to further highlight the beauty of the tree.
An image of the book cover is attached, and an Amazon link has been provided.
For those who have an interest, I hope you enjoy it!
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the subject matter or book with me in greater detail, please feel free to either reply to this post or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.