Princeton Nature

Treepedia: A Brief Compendium of Arboreal Lore

    Illustrated by
  • Maren Westfall

A captivating A–Z treasury for the tree hugger in all of us


Published (US):
Sep 14, 2021
Published (UK):
Aug 10, 2021
4.5 x 6.75 in.
43 b/w illus.
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Treepedia is an entertaining and fact-filled illustrated compendium of tree lore. Featuring nearly 100 entries—on topics ranging from tree ecology and conservation to the role of trees in religion, literature, art, and movies—this enticing collection is a celebration of all things arboreal.

In this charming book, Joan Maloof explains the difference between a cedar and a cypress, and reveals where to find the most remarkable trees on the planet. She tells the story behind the venerable Bodhi Tree, and describes peculiar species like baobabs and Fitzroya. Maloof profiles legendary conservationists such as Julia “Butterfly” Hill, John Muir, Wangari Maathai, and Ken Wu. She discusses reforestation, proforestation, emerald ash borers, the ents from The Lord of the Rings, culturally modified trees, the ill-fated and controversial Redwood Summer, and much more. The book’s portable size makes it the perfect travel companion no matter where your love of the forest may lead you.

With enchanting illustrations by Maren Westfall, Treepedia is a fun and informative book that is guaranteed to inspire anyone who has ever enjoyed a walk in the woods.

  • Features a cloth cover with an elaborate foil-stamped design
  • Uses 100 percent recycled, uncoated, wood-free paper

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Awards and Recognition

  • One of American Institute of Graphic Arts’ Top 50 Books / 50 Covers of 2021