Virginia Tech Tree ID

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About this app

Virginia Tech Tree Identification brings the award winning Virginia Tech digital dendrology material to your Android smart phone. It contains fact sheets for over 1000 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.
• over 1000 woody plants from all over North America
• Over 6,500 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
Visit our web sites at:
Woody Plants in North America, 2018, Kendall/Hunt Publishing is a multimedia tutorial on DVD covering approximately 1000 woody plants with nearly 30,000 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 Michael Whitt and Robert Potts
Updated on
Dec 4, 2023

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778 reviews
David Dawson
June 8, 2020
I have *really* liked this app and have used it for years. I'd give 9 starts out of 5, except: 1) you can't zoom in on the photos--they're good but you can't access any detail (earlier versions, at least for iPhone, permitted this); and 2) I hate that they've made the photos the default view--this app is about information, not about pretty pictures. The current system is clunky and really gets in the way of the information.
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A Google user
July 18, 2019
Was looking for a resource to supplement my identification books while in field. Better than most other tree ID apps. Huge selection, love that you can download for offline use. Only suggestion would be to add a "notes" feature in each of the plant selections. I would love a consolidated place to note location, ID tips that I've picked up for my region
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Lee Loncosky
August 20, 2021
What a great resource if I do not have a tree key with me which happens all the time. At first I thought the app was broken because once I got to the details of one spp I could not get back to the apps home screen. I finally realized if I just swipe to the left from the top of the screen it goes back. Now it all good.
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