Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests, by Edward C. Jensen (Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Extension Service, 2013), 148 pp.
Earlier this year I posted about a well-respected field guide, Tree to Know in Oregon. The author has just published a companion guide to shrubs. Shrubs to Know is organized for the most part just like Trees to Know, except that species descriptions are organized alphabetically rather than in taxonomic groups. Here Jensen has included about 100 species of native shrubs, leaving out ornamental and agricultural species except those that are native. Each description includes information on the form of the shrub, its leaves, flowers/fruit, twigs/bark, range/habitat, ecological/historical/cultural notes, and information about the name. Color photographs of the different parts of each shrub are provided as well.
The introduction includes a wealth of information on identifying shrubs, scientific names, edibility, fire response, range and habitat, definitions of native vs. invasive, and descriptions of shrub communities in the region. Following the introduction are an illustrated terms glossary and a key for identifying species based largely on leaf characteristics. I know some people who do not use any other guide for tree identification in Oregon than Trees to Know and absolutely love their copies. Hopefully, this shrub companion will likewise become a treasured book on the shelf or in the backpack of botanists, educators, and natural history buffs all around the region.
I now have two things to tell you about Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests:
1. To celebrate the holidays, the OSU-Extension Service is currently having a sale through January 5, 2014, offering both Trees to Know in Oregon and Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests for $25, a discount of $5 (click on the image to order):
2. The OSU-Extension Service kindly sent me a copy of Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests to do a giveaway on my blog:
To enter for a chance to win a copy of Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests, please comment on this post telling me what your favorite shrub is or a cool fact about a shrub. From the entries I will randomly pick a winner. The contest will be open until Sunday, December 15, midnight PST. If you would like to enter without commenting on the blog, you can send me an email at darwinsbulldog AT gmail DOT com. Good luck!