Pictures could be a lot better. The areas are too general across Canada. Basic info on trees but no tolerances and ranges for each data variable. Not a great source of info, you are better off buying a tree id book.
Would be great if it had a description of trees plus photos of bark. Implementing an algorithm to identify trees would be helpful as well. Like a game of 20 questions to identify
Number of issues/gaps in content: -no mention of climate change, how it is affecting plant hardiness zones and the viability of current ecosystems, in general -no clear introduction on how to use app, describing what hardiness zones are, and reasons why (and how) to plant a tree (see LEAF and Evergreen for best practices) -no database of where to buy a native tree, or partner groups to work with/plant with, at your home or stewardship events, all easily obtainable (all about planting trees in Canada, thus relevant, and convenient to have in central app) -NO mention of invasive species, not even in the filter (all introduced are not invasive, but the invasives should be CLEARLY marked, with a notice to NOT PLANT!)...The lack of this info suggests you don't care what tree is planted, as long as it matches the present hardiness zone, which is deeply concerning. -Each setting in the filter should come with a bubble description of what it means and why it's important (or perhaps a "learn more about how to plant/care for your/a tree", with all the previous points mentioned above, too)
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I agree with other users that this is a good start. The presentation of information isn't consistent from tree to tree (i.e. some have drawings, show the full tree at maturity, or just branches). Making it consistent and predictable would be appreciated for me as an end user.
A fun and useful tool! This useful app has greatly increased my knowledge of trees and Canada's forest ecosystems. A must for anyone doing landscape planning.
Version 1.5 includes an additional 92 introduced species, giving Canadians more options for trees that could be planted on their property. There are also more colour photos and new filter options to help users find their ideal trees.
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