Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines in Kansas

Revised and Expanded

Michael John Haddock and Craig C. Freeman

Winner: Midwestern International Society of Arboriculture Author’s Award of Excellence

Choice Outstanding Academic Title

“Descriptions are concise and consistently organized, giving the habit, twigs, leaves, inflorescence, flowers, fruits, trunk, habitat, status (native or naturalized), and a discussion of historical uses, ecology, and similar species. The excellent illustrations match the parts of the plant described, A model and up-to-date field guide. Essential.


“The authors provide not only updated and detailed descriptions plus excellent color photos but also fascinating plant associations, such as using sand sagebrush as relief for intestinal ailments, and insect relationships, such as gall psyllids and hackberry. The organization and plant keys make available quick access to information about 166 Kansas species. A first-rate guide to the woody plants of Kansas!”

—Iralee Barnard, author of Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska

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With its high plains, rolling hills, and river valleys, Kansas is home to a surprisingly diverse flora, and among these riches are the 166 species of trees, shrubs, and woody vines identified, described, and pictured in this handy guide. Expanding and updating H.A. Stephens’s 1969 classic, this handbook offers full descriptions of woody plant species found in the wild in Kansas, 138 of them native. County-level distribution maps show where species have been documented, and nearly 1,000 color photographs highlight morphological features—habit, bark, leaves, flowers, and fruit.

Updated scientific nomenclature reflects our current understanding of the taxonomy of woody species, as well as the most recent findings in studies of DNA, macro- and micromorphology, cytology, ecology, and phenology. With keys for identification, additional notes about nearly 100 other native and nonnative woody plants found in the state, and a comprehensive glossary defining all technical botanical terms, this user-friendly handbook should be the go-to guide for plant enthusiasts and professionals alike.

About the Author

Michael John Haddock is associate dean of the Research, Education, and Engagement Division of K-State Libraries. Craig C. Freeman is senior scientist with the Kansas Biological Survey and senior curator at R.L. McGregor Herbarium at the University of Kansas. Haddock and Freeman are the authors, with Janét E. Bare, of Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds. Haddock is the author of Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas: A Field Guide. Freeman is coauthor of An Illustrated Guide to Endangered or Threatened Species in Kansas and Roadside Wildflowers of the Southern Great Plains. All published by the University Press of Kansas.