Florida has a great variety of native trees, more than any other state in the U.S. other than Hawaii. Over northern Florida, particularly in the western section, many of the trees that range widely and are well known over the eastern U.S. find their southern limit. Here are many kinds of hickory, elm, ash, maple, magnolia, basswood and locust, while a large number of different kinds of pine, gum and oak are at home throughout the state. Many tropical and subtropical plants found in the Caribbean have their northern limit in south Florida.
“Forest Trees of Florida” has been a standard handbook for tree identification since its first printing in 1925. The original book was prepared by Wilbur R. Matton, an extension forester with the U.S. Forest Service. Over the years the list of pictured trees has changed slightly, but for the most part the book has remained as it was in the original printing.
The first edition of this book was published in 1925 by the Florida Forestry Association, in cooperation with the Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Subsequent editions were issued by the Florida Forest Service in 1930, 1943, 1946, 1948, 1956, 1961, 1965, 1967 which then became the Florida Division of Forestry and issued the 1972, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1993, 1997, 1999 and 2004 editions.
Most of the original drawings for “Forest Trees of Florida” were prepared by Mrs. A.E. Hoyle of the U.S. Forest Service. The Florida Forest Service is also grateful to the Houghton-Miffin Company for its permission to use the following drawings from “The Native Trees of Florida” by West and Arnold: Pond Cypress, Seagrape, Black Cherry, Eastern Redbud, Florida Mahogany, Fringetree and Black Mangrove.
A limited number of copies of this book are available by contacting you local Florida Forest Service Field Unit office.