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Virginia Tech Tree Identification brings the award winning Virginia Tech digital dendrology material to your iPhone. 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 or any entered address or zip code. Basically the application can become "The 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 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 device's GPS 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.

What's New in Version 2.1.9

Bug fixes.

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Customer Reviews


Simple to use! Clearly the previous reviewer didn't read the BASIC instructions- you must download the additional data fact sheets to view the photos for each species, this is designed to not burden your phone with data. I simply put in the address of our new property and the local species were presented with fantastic photos and descriptions. Any outdoors person would benefit from this app. Thank you!

Fairly good

Nice, usable, but the photos are moderate resolution. So the fine detail that you crave is not there. I downloaded the entire package. I have a bird app and the photos in it are brilliant. Update, after multiple uses I find the application tedious and inaccurate failing to ID even the most common trees in my location.


I would give this a 5-star rating.. please fix the photos to where they WILL show. On some trees, the pictures will absolutely not show. Please fix this as I use this app sometimes for work..

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  • Category: Reference
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  • Version: 2.1.9
  • Size: 28.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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