Trees and Shrubs of British Columbia

T. Christopher Brayshaw


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This book is the definitive guide to all native and naturalized woody plants in British Columbia. T.C. Brayshaw describes and illustrates almost 300 species of trees and shrubs, as well as many subspecies and varieties.

“If you’re at all interested in what comprises that magnificent green growth out there, this easy-to-use guidebook will be indispensible.” — Will Wigle, Vancouver Province

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1996, paperback,

b/w illustrations and colour photographs

ISBN 978-0-7726-5608-7

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Dr Brayshaw’s beautifully detailed illustrations of leaves, flowers, fruits and woody parts are arranged to show the distinguishing features in similar species. These comparitive drawings, along with diagnostic keys and a selection of colour photographs will help you identify any tree or shrub in BC.

From the Introduction: “To qualify for inclusion in this book, a plant must have a perennial more-or-less woody stem above ground that bears overwintering buds and does not die back to its basal stem or rhizome in the soil in winter. This group includes trees, shrubs and woody vines. Trees have a single stem from the ground up and are at least two metres tall. Shrubs are multi-stemmed from the ground and can be any size. Vines are so slender that, whether twining or not, they cannot support their own weight without the help of other vegetation.”

“I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a relatively inexpensive and easy-to-use field guide to the woody plants of British Columbia.” — Ben LePage, The Canadian Field Naturalist

Royal BC Museum Handbook.


About the Author

Dr T. Christopher Brayshaw is a retired Curator Emeritus of Botany at the Royal BC Museum. He has written major works on several important groups of plants in British Columbia.

Other books by T. Christopher Brayshaw:
Catkin-Bearing Plants of British Columbia
Plant Collecting for the Amateur
Pondweeds and Bur-reeds and Their Relatives of British Columbia


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