vTree 4+

John Peterson

Designed for iPhone

    • 3.2 • 45 Ratings
    • Free

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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.
Visit our web sites at: http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu
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: http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/wpina.htm
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

Version 3.2.1

Improved species interview.

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

b_s_l ,

Good but Not What I Hoped For

I’ve been using VTree for almost a year, and honestly still have not decided if I like it or not. The problem is that I never know in advance if it will help ID a tree or give me nonsense (this is with the full database installed). I’ve often ended up standing beneath a tree and manually working my way through the photos of likely candidates to figure out the species after carefully entering as much data as I could into the search fields and getting either nothing or a response I know is wrong (e.g., the stand of Liriodendron behind my house repeatedly being identified as Oak, Ash, or other species, apparently depending on the app’s mood of the moment).

MGH_2 ,

Won’t Open Jan 2021

Just downloaded and tried to open. It is stuck “downloading species”. Tried a dozen times and finally deleted the app and re-installed it from App Store. Same thing. After third try on second install it finally opened. Note that the hang was prior to choosing which database to install.

Hogicidal Maniac ,


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!

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