posted November 5th, 2009; last edited June 11th, 2010 –– David Sibley

The Sibley Guide to Trees

TreeBookInformation from the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

Information and sales at your local Independent bookstore or


Publishing history: First edition, first printing in Sep 2009. Designed and edited by Scott & Nix, Inc.

Links to interviews and reviews can be found on the Press about the Guide to Trees page

An explanation of the philosophy behind the guide: A Modern (holistic) approach to Tree Identification

A list of minor errors (editorial stuff, not tree identification topics)

A list of species with opposite leaves

The Tree Info page will have in-depth discussions of tree identification and updates to the tree guide, listed by species.

12 comments to The Sibley Guide to Trees

  • tom Myers

    The best tree id book on the market! I need this on my Iphone. Are there plans for an Iphone version? Please let me
    know. Thanks, Tom Myers, Certified Arborist

  • Karen Swisshelm

    When will there be a iPhone app?

  • Nick

    I sure hope the “yet…” turns into a plan soon. You guys did an excellent job with the bird guide for the iPhone and iPad!

  • Peter Lane

    HI !

    It will be possible in the near furture to see
    The Sibley eguide to trees for ipod touch ???
    It perhaps a good idea. Thank you very much.

    Peter Lane from Québec City.

  • Marty

    I hope you come out with an app soon. It would be ashame to not have this as an app for my iPhone or iPad.

  • Ed Coyle

    App for trees on I pad?
    Ed coyle

  • Mary Anne Romito

    I agree Sibley app for the Tree Guide is a must. I will be one of the first to buy it.

  • What is the regional distribution of this book? I live in San Jose, CA and am anxious to get a book that will help me ID the trees in this region. If there are sufficient numbers of trees found in CA in this book, I would seriously consider a purchase. I love the didactic style of your books which I find lacking in other guides.

    • Hi Dave, The Tree guide covers all of the native trees of California, and most of the common exotics. From the Bay area southwards along the coast the climate is mild enough to support and incredible diversity of cultivated trees, so in San Jose you will see some planted trees in town that are not in the guide, but out in a natural area all the species should be in the book. Hope that helps.
      Best, David

  • Tod Winston

    Just putting in another two cents: I love your tree guide and would definitely buy an app for my android phone. Hope you’ll consider creating one.

  • Mike Chapman

    Just wanted to put in another vote for an iOS app for this book. I rarely carry a printed field guide anymore.

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