Virginia Tech Tree ID

Virginia Tech Tree ID


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Virginia Tech Tree Identification brings the award winning Virginia Tech digital dendrology material to your Android smart phone. It contains fact sheets for 969 woody plants from all over North America with an in depth description, range map and thousands of color images of leaves, flowers, fruit, twigs, bark and form.
Users can narrow the species list for any location in North America using the phone's GPS, network signal or any entered address or zip code. Basically the application can become “Woody Plants of Where You Are Standing”. For example, it can become the “Woody Plants of Southwestern Oregon” , the “Woody Plants of Central Park” or the or “The Woody Plants of 37.108 lat., -80.452 long., elevation 2118”.
Users can further narrow the species list by answering a series of very simple tree attribute questions such as where the plant is growing, leaf shape, leaf arrangement, flower color or fruit type.
The species list can also be narrowed by typing a keyword such as oak, Abies, red or palm. For example if oak is typed only oaks found in the defined area will be listed.
A feature also allows you to send any tree related question to “Dr. Dendro”, a tree expert in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. You can send a tree description or pictures of your plant and experts will help with identification.
•969 woody plants from all over North America
•Over 6,400 color photographs of leaves, flowers, fruit, twig, bark, form, and range map for each species
•In depth description of all plant parts
•Narrows species list based on your location and elevation using the phones GPS, network signal or user entered location
•Search for species by a key word, e.g. maple
•Identify species by answering a series of simple questions. A picture is displayed showing what is being asked.
•Navigate between species with a push of a button.
•Send a tree question to “Dr. Dendro” a tree expert at Virginia Tech
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Woody Plants in North America, 2012, Kendall/Hunt Publishing is a multimedia tutorial on DVD covering 920 woody plants with over 23,000 color photographs of leaves (summer and fall), flowers, fruits, twigs,
bark and form for each plant. The software displays multiple images of all plant parts so user can develop a “feel” for normal field variation. A customizable, self-quizzing section allows users to evaluate their progress in plant identification. For more features on this software visit:

The 650 MB database of tree photographs and text is downloaded from our server. We recommend you install Virginia Tech Tree Identification using a fast WIFI connection. A cellular connection will generally be too slow.

Text and photography by John R. Seiler, John A. Peterson Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech and Ed Jensen, Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University
Programming by Robert Potts
Technical support by Andrew Meeks

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Comments and ratings for Virginia Tech Tree ID
  • (45 stars)

    by Troy Smith on 01/12/2014

    I enjoy being able to figure out what trees I'm looking at.

  • (45 stars)

    by frederick stein on 29/11/2014

    Press to see tress and get a message the app has stopped.

  • (45 stars)

    by Chris Everest on 28/11/2014

    Pretty good app, has helped me many times while out doing my job, my biggest complaint is lack of other commonly used names, like what I call an Andromeda, is listed as a japanese pieris and a search for andromeda brings up bog rosemary instead. Or burning bush is only listed as a winged euonymus. Its awesome though when I go to new places and can easily ID trees I have never seen before. Would l

  • (45 stars)

    by Jack Sills on 27/11/2014

    Great app for facts about shrubs & trees in NC

  • (45 stars)

    by Rebecca Hargrave on 21/11/2014

    I use this app regularly and encourage my dendrology students to as well.

  • (45 stars)

    by Michael Kent on 15/11/2014

    The best and most comprehensive tree app for my location but still could be better.... PROs - The most comprehensive, useful, and helpful tree app I've come across for my location. CONS - The main issue that I hope gets attended to is the amount of storage this app takes up. It is one of my biggest space consumers on my phone. Another minor con is that it's interface isn't very clean and nice.

  • (45 stars)

    by Peter Donnelly on 13/11/2014

    There doesn't seem to be a better guide to North American trees, at least till Audubon gets its app working on more devices. This one could be improved with higher resolution pics, and by adding alternative names — such as the Canadian arbutus (madrona) and Garry oak (Oregon white oak). The latter, by the way, doesn't show up in the list for my location though it is a local native, albeit at the n

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