The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees

May 4, 2021
The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees

“A timely and much needed call to plant, protect, anddelight in these diverse, life-giving giants.”—David George Haskell, author of TheForest Unseen and The Songs of TreesWith Bringing Nature Home, Doug Tallamy changedthe conversation about gardening in America. His second book,the New York Times bestseller Nature’sBest Hope, urged homeowners to take conservation into theirown hands. Now, he is turning his advocacy to one of the mostimportant species of the plant kingdom—the mighty oak tree. Oaks sustain a complex and fascinating web ofwildlife. The Nature of Oaks reveals what isgoing on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonalcycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collectand store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewelcaterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders thatoccur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical adviceabout how to plant and care for an oak, along with informationabout the best oak species for your area. The Nature of Oaks will inspire you to treasurethese trees and to act to nurture and protect them.