There are 75 trees native to the Nutmeg State, all of which can be found statewide in forests and parks, and even your own backyard!Native Trees of Connecticut is a step-by-step, illustrated guide to identifying Connecticut's trees, providing easily observable characteristics that can help to recognize a general type, as well as a distinct species identification.
This guide describes each tree's overall shape and form when it is grown in an open area, provides a detailed description and photographs of leaves and bark, indicates the habitat in which the tree is typically found, and discusses the significance of the tree for wildlife. Additional characteristics, such as flowers, buds, fruits, and others, are described and pictured when they are useful for identification. Also included is a detailed guide to distinguishing among the species of a single genus––like the four species of hickory found in Connecticut––and provides supplementary information about trees including explanations of the functions of bark and leaves, tree habitats, and a guide to estimating age.
John Ehrenreich has a PhD in biological sciences and is a volunteer at Connecticut Audubon’s Deer Pond Farm sanctuary, where he co-leads nature walks and prepares educational materials. In his professional life he is a psychologist and a former professor of psychology at SUNY-Old Westbury. He is the author or co-author of six other books, including The American Health Empire (Random House), The Altruistic Imagination (Cornell), and Third Wave Capitalism (ILR/Cornell). His articles have appeared in, among other places, The Nation, Slate, American Prospect, Salon, and Washington Monthly. He resides in Sherman, Connecticut.