By Michael Kuhns
Obtainable and informative, this accomplished advisor to the all local and brought bushes of the Intermountain West is a welcome boost to the library of the house owner, landscaper, recreationist, traveller, or pupil during this huge and specified zone of the yank Rocky Mountain West. comprises identity keys and 1000s of authoritative illustrations.
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Trees with diffuse-porous wood produce similar-sized vessels throughout spring and summer, as in cottonwood and willow. Semi-ring-porous species have characteristics between ring-porous and diffuse-porous, as in black walnut and black cherry (Prunus serotina). Page 23 List Of Included Trees The following is a list of the 219 tree species described in this book. As mentioned previously, this list does not include every tree found in Utah or the surrounding region, but does include all native and most introduced species.
Flowers/Fruit: Fruit a woody cone; short stalk; about 3" to 31/2" long; brown; scales thick and tipped with a long bristle; seeds smaller than limber pine and winged. Bark: Thin, smooth, and gray-white on young stems; furrowed and red-brown on older stems. Wood: Unimportant; fairly soft; heartwood light red-brown. General: Native in scattered mountainous areas in the interior West, including Utah. Slow growing and very long-lived (over 4,000 years old) on dry, tough sites. Shade intolerant. Landscape Use: Seldom used but should be more often; can be found at nurseries; very slow-growing; nice dark green color and interesting, sometimes contorted form; needs little or no supplemental water once established.
The wood of many of these trees is fairly soft and light. They sometimes are called non-porous because they have no large vessels, only very small tubes or tracheids that cannot be seen easily. Hardwoods also are called broadleaves and include trees such as elm, ash, oak, and cottonwood. They are often called porous woods because their wood is mostly made up of small to large vessels that appear as pores or holes in a cross-section. Some woods classified as hardwoods, such as cottonwood, actually have softer wood than is found in a true softwood, such as Douglas-fir.
A Guide to the Trees of Utah and the Intermountain West by Michael Kuhns