Shrubs and Woody Vines of Indiana and the Midwest: Identification, Wildlife Values, and Landscaping Use

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Purdue University Press, 2012 - Gardening - 463 pages
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As the definitive identification guide to the shrubs and woody vines of Indiana, this book also provides coverage of 90% of the species to be found in surrounding Midwestern US states. As well as covering indigenous species, it also includes all currently known invasive shrubs. Written by two leading experts in plant taxonomy, the guide is prepared in the same attractive, easy-to-use format as the bestselling Native Trees of the Midwest. Descriptive text explains how to identify every species in any season, and original color photographs taken by Sally Weeks detail all important characteristics. The authors provide practical guidance concerning the potential ornamental value of each species for those interested in landscaping and also evaluate their potential value for encouraging wildlife. Designed for experts in natural resource management as well as the interested general public, the volume includes distribution maps, identification keys, and an index of both common and Latin names.

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A very useful guide for identification, exploration, experimentation and native landscaping. It is also a great resource as a preparation for teaching presentations. It is well written and well organized. The photography is rich and varied and always accompanied by further explanation. Read full review


Illustrated Glossary
alder serviceberry
Introduced Shrubs
Introduced Vines
Other Introduced Escaped Species in the Midwest
NativePlant Nurseries in the Midwest
Winter Keys
Species Keys
Plant Hardiness Zone Map
false indigos
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Sally S. Weeks was born and grew up on a dairy farm near Winamac, Indiana. She received a BSF in wildlife management and a MS in forestry from Purdue's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, where she now teaches tree and shrub identification. Harmon P. Weeks Jr. is a professor of wildlife science in forestry and natural resources at Purdue University and has taught habitat management for over thirty years. Michael Homoya is state botanist for the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves, holds two degrees in botany from Southern Illinois University, and is renowned for his knowledge of Midwestern flora.

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