The author has included over 140 species of trees here – indigenous trees as well as introduced species that have become part of the Indian landscape. The book is intended as an identification guide: the text on each species describes the distinctive features of trunk, leaves, flowers, and fruit, and the photographs are chosen to complement the description. Interesting facts and traditional Indian beliefs about the tree are included. The names of the species in various local languages are also provided and the medicinal value of various parts of each tree have been noted besides listing its other benefits.
Almost all the photographs have been taken specially for this book by the author at locations all over the country; some have been provided by other photographers who are tree enthusiasts. The pictures will inspire readers to appreciate and preserve living specimens and experience the fullness of their beauty.