You’ll find lots of reasons to own the handy new "Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri Field Guide" published by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Here are a few:
I love this kind of useful book. Just two weeks ago I was taking a hike with my husband and he noticed what turned out to be Japanese honeysuckle, a lovely but nasty invasive plant that he later cut and sprayed. But we had to check with the original, larger book back at home—it would have been easier to carry this new field guide version and know right away.
Then there are times when I see a wonderful shrub in bloom and want to add it to my garden. That happened in May with a New Jersey tea bush covered in white flowers. This book would make it so easy to ID it.