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Stunning Free Tree Posters From Larousse

I have featured many of the wonderful identification charts and posters from the French publisher Larousse. The latest collection is of the wonderful tree posters from one of their illustrative dictionaries.

From earlier editions of the dictionary, I have featured antique botanical posters, sealife posters, and animal posters. Many of these wonderful Natural history identification posters were illustrated by the French Naturalist Adolphe Millot.

I don’t know the name of the artist for these wonderful tree posters. They were published 11 years after the death of Adolphe Millot in 1932. I can safely assume on this occasion, he wasn’t the illustrator.

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The Vintage Tree Posters

The amazing tree illustration charts are all from the Larousse of the Twentieth Century (1932). A universal encyclopedic dictionary in six volumes and printed in gravure.

It succeeded the previous Larousse Universal Dictionary of the nineteenth century, being more concise, abundantly illustrated, more scientifically based, and setting itself the objective of renewing the knowledge of its time.

The tree identification posters cover four different categories of trees, two ornamental tree posters and another two simply titled trees in color. All these posters are in the Public Domain.

To download and print the tree poster you want, click on the title above that poster. A higher resolution image will open in a new window on your browser. If you right-click on that image you will have the option to save it to your hard drive.

1. Arbres d’ornement-1 – Ornamental Trees in Color 1

This poster is of ornamental trees, including illustrations of their flowers. There is a key at the bottom of the poster identifying all 17 species of trees. I have provided a translation from French to English of the named trees.

  1. Thuya d’occident – Northern white cedar
  2. Cedre du Liban – Lebanese cedar
  3. Eucalyptus globuleux – Southern Blue Gum
  4. Saule de Babylone ou Saule pleureur – Weeping willow
  5. Araucria –  Evergreen coniferous tree
  6. Frêne fleuri – Flowering Ash
  7. Gingkon bilobe – Ginkgo biloba
  8. Arbre de Judee – Judas tree
  9. Lilas de Marly – Lilac
  10.  Lilas de Perse – Persian Lilac
  11. Magnolia – There are some wonderful magnolia illustrations here.
  12. Forsythie -Forsythia
  13. Altheaa od Rose de Chine – Chinese hibiscus
  14. Rosier hybride de Wichura – Pink Memorial Rose (you can find some botanical rose prints here)
  15. Rose thé hybride – Hybrid Tea Rose
  16. Buisson ardentPyracantha, commonly referred to as “burning bush”
  17. Diervilla du Japon ou Wegelie – Japanese Honeysuckle
Ornamental Tree posters

2. Arbres d’ornement-2 – Ornamental Trees in Color 2

This poster is of ornamental trees, including illustrations of their flowers. There is a key at the bottom of the poster identifying all 16 species of trees. I have provided a translation from French to English of the named trees.

  1. Robinier ou Faux-Acacia – false acacia of black locust
  2. Marronnier Rose – Pink chestnut tree
  3. Platane  – London Plane
  4. Paulownia ou Couronee Imperiale
  5. Sapin concolore – White Fir
  6. Cypres fastigie – Cypress
  7. Catalpa
  8. Ailante en Fruits – Garlic Fruit
  9. Glycine ou Wistaria – Wisteria
  10. Tecoma de Virginie – Trumpetbush
  11. Gleditschia – Honey Locust
  12. Rhododendron ou Rosage
  13. Aubepine Rose – Pink Hawthorn
  14. Chamaerops – European fan palm (there are more palm tree illustrations here)
  15. Pecher de Chine – Peach from China
  16. Laurier-rose – Nerium oleander
Ornamental Tree Poster 2

3. Arbres-couleurs-1 – Trees in color 1

This is the first of two tree posters simply called tree in color, including illustrations of their fruits. There is a key at the bottom of the poster identifying all 15 species of trees. I have provided a translation from French to English of the named trees.

For more illustrations of tree fruits check out the watercolor fruits from the Pomological collection.

  1. Peuplier blanc – White Poplar
  2. Peuplier grisard – Grey Poplar
  3. Peuplier nois – Black Poplar
  4. Peuplier d’Italia ou pyramidal
  5. Peuplier tremble – Aspen
  6. Merisier – Cherry
  7. Micocoulier – Hackberry
  8. Cormier – Domestic Mountain Ash
  9. Noisetier ou coudrier –  Hazel
  10. Sorbier – Rowan Tree
  11. Aune – Alder
  12. Eglantier – Rosehip
  13. Laurier-tin – Laurel
  14. Troène – Privet
  15. Prunellier – Blackthorn
Trees in color Larousse

4. Arbres-couleurs-2 – Trees in color 2

This is the second of two tree posters simply called tree in color, including illustrations of their fruits. There is a key at the bottom of the poster identifying all 15 species of trees. I have provided a translation from French to English of the named trees.

  1. Tilleul – Linden
  2. Frêne – Ash
  3. Saule blanc – White Willow
  4. Saule Rouge – Red Willow
  5. Érable champêtre – Field Maple
  6. Châtaignier – Chestnut tree
  7. Sycaomore
  8. Sureau – Elderberry
  9. Alisier – Sorbier wild service
  10. Jujubier – Jujube tree (red date)
  11. Arbousier – Strawberry Tree
  12. Argousier – Sea buckthorn
  13. Sumac
  14. Viorne – Viburnum
Trees in color Larousse 2

If you enjoyed these stunning vintage tree posters, don’t forget to check out some of the other wonderful vintage botanical images on the site. Especially the woodland prints and the vintage cactus paintings.

Luiz Vitor da Silva

Friday 20th of August 2021

Amazing images. Can I print the images to frame and make frames?

claire

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Yes they are all in the Public Domain so you are free to use them how you want to.

Bridget Jardeleza

Thursday 29th of July 2021

Thank you for sharing these!

claire

Friday 30th of July 2021

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Lisa Bates

Wednesday 21st of July 2021

What a treasure trove!

Beautiful illustrations. Very inspirational. One the best websites I've come across. Many, many thanks.

claire

Monday 26th of July 2021

Aww, that is very kind of you thank you so much.

André M

Sunday 11th of July 2021

Amazing and beautiful artwork collections, with so many and different looks at nature scopes - We are lucky the artists drew these, and we are lucky to have someone like you having interest and gathering them in this website. Thank You so much. I stumbled upon these while looking for this kind of artistic approach to South Mediterranean Flora (Spain(Galician)/Portugal) - Would love to print a poster on that theme! Do you know any references of someone that worked on that, would you know any name that could guide me into that direction? ** Thank You :)

claire

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Thank you, Andre. I don't know any particular authors for South Mediterranean Flora artists. But if I do come across any good ones I will share them on the site.

Colin Dow

Sunday 13th of June 2021

Fabulous and fascinating pieces of art representing a huge talent. So grateful for this glimpse of nature.

claire

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

Thank you so much, they are amazing illustrations.