A sister companion book designed similarly to “The Tree Identification Book” with two parts. In the front, Symmonds and Merwin have put together numerous pages of pictorial keys which give a comparison to a small group of similar shrubs, vines, or groundcovers. Once a match is found in the thorns, leaves, flowers, fruit, twigs or bark section, the reader is referred to the second section for more details. In the second half are the master pages where similar shrubs are place together to highlight the differences. This book makes identifying mystery plants quick and easy because of the numerous, large, detailed photos.
Even though the photos are black and white, the details that emerge when you start looking beyond the color (such as leaf margins or bud shapes) are very helpful.