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

“The obvious audience for this book lives in Kansas, but it will also be a very useful reference for anyone living in the prairie or plains region of the U.S. or Canada and an excellent addition to herbarium libraries and the libraries of botanists interested in taxonomy and plant distribution.

—Plant Science Bulletin

“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.

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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.