Tree ID Book or App

fhudo

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For trees in the USA (eastern) what is the best book or app for tree identification?


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ATH

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I've always thought the Peterson field guide did the best job of getting me to a tree I didn't know. It doesn't have the best pictures...but it is my go to key.

Virginia Tech has an even better program if you are willing to fork out the cash: http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/wpina.htm (If you order it, make sure you get the perpetual license... they have a cheaper 6 month license for students to use for a semester.)

Tons of pictures and it will always be up to date where a book cannot be.

Ohio public libraries has a nice website. Simple and clean: https://tree.oplin.org/

Wisconsin has a nice app for iPhones only.
 

Birdyman88

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I second the Audubon, but I have not seen all the book options. It has good photos and lots of written details.
 
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ATH

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I agree Audubon has great pictures (MUCH better than the sketches in Peterson) and nice descriptions. I just never found the key as helpful.
 

samsquatch

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Looked into that Dirr Manual, then I read this.
The front contains basic scientific information about plants. Leaf structure and how it is defined, reproduction, flower structure, etc. The body of the book is species of plants and cultivars. There are not any color pictures or photographs. Merely line drawing for individual leaves and flowers. It is arranged in alphabetical order based on Latin name. There is cross reference in the back that has common names.
The reason I like the Audubon field guide is 1. it's compact to carry and 2. it has hundreds of color photos, sorted by leaf structure, leaf type, fruit type, fall color, flower color. And the species are listed with common name. I use it a lot.
 
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