Stikky Trees: Learn to recognize at a glance the 15 most common trees in the United States—in just one hour, guaranteed.

Stikky #: 4
List price: US $12
Edition: Softcover, lay-flat binding, 256 pages
Dimensions: 7 inches x 9 inches
First printing: April 2005
ISBN: 1-932974-04-0

Read this book if you want to...

  • surprise your friends
  • charm a date
  • teach your children something new
  • become an amateur botanist
  • take your first steps to discovering the natural world around us.

Stikky Trees uses a unique, pattern-based learning method to bring a timeless skill to anyone with an hour to spare. We spent months with readers testing and refining it to be sure it will work for you.

Includes a comprehensive Next Steps section with guides to the top ten trees in your state, tree field manuals, how trees work (in six bullet points), their five biggest enemies, forests, parks, arboreta, and more.

What this book is about

Stikky Trees uses a powerful learning method to teach anyone
to identify common trees, step-by-step.

Each step builds on what came before and reinforces it. That way, by the time you reach the end of the book, you will be confident in identifying many of the trees you
come across in real life.

Still more exciting, the things you learn will serve as ‘hooks’ on which you can hang future knowledge.

Along the way, you’ll reconnect with our ancestors who would not have gotten far without knowing the trees of the enormous forests around them.

Stikky Trees has four parts:

Sequence One introduces the top 10 trees (which, together, account for two-thirds of the trees in the us) and explains the main types of trees—evergreen and deciduous—and what makes them different. If possible, you should read this sequence in one sitting.

Sequence Two builds on what you have learned in Sequence One, tells you how to estimate a tree’s age, and how to determine a little of a landscape’s history. Ideally, you should leave a few days, but no more than a week, between completing Sequence One and starting Sequence Two.

The Epilogue, a special feature of Stikky books, brings together everything you have learned so far and reinforces it in some new and unfamiliar situations. Again, you should leave a few days between completing Sequence Two and reading the Epilogue.

If, by the end of the book, you are eager to find out more, as we hope you will be, you will find dozens of things to explore in the Next Steps section.

You can skip to the Next Steps section at any time, of course, but the rest of the book only makes sense if read in order: Sequence One, Sequence Two, Epilogue.


“A remarkable resource for anyone who loves trees, and that's most everyone.”
—LARRY FAHN, President of the Sierra Club

“A fabulously engaging way to open your eyes to the beauty, wonder and joys of trees.”
—Thomas Lovejoy, Founder of PBS' Nature Series and Chief Biodiversity Advisor to the President, World Bank

“This book is quite brilliant. If you are dismayed by the fact that most people recognize far more brand logos than trees or birds or plants, Stikky Trees is the remedy.”
—BILL MCKIBBEN, Author of The End of Nature

“An entertaining and effective technique that guarantees you will learn. Like having your own personal tutor.”
—BRIAN CHABOT, Professor of Ecology, Cornell University