** If you would like to experience the app check out eTrees of Southern Africa LITE which is FREE and includes 30 species **

This interactive version of Braam and Piet van Wyk’s Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa is an essential field guide for those visiting and living in the region with an interest in tree species. It describes over 840 of the more common and accessible tree species found in the Southern African region.

This guide has species arranged in 43 logical groups based on easy-to-observe leaf and stem characteristics.

Search by English, Afrikaans or Scientific tree names.
Now a universal app - designed for both iPad and iPhone.
Images, distribution maps and text descriptions of over 840 species found throughout the region.
Most species have multiple full colour photographs for easy identification including photos of the full tree.
A 'Group Search' that allows you to easily identify a tree species based on the characteristics of the leaves.
A 'Compare' feature that allows you to compare two species on the same screen
You can select a location in Southern Africa, so that the lists of trees throughout the program display only the trees in that location.
A personal species list that stores your sightings saved to the device that can be exported via email in a CSV format.

*Uninstalling the program will result in the loss of your list, it is recommended that you keep your own backup (master list) separate from the program.

For more wildlife guides see our other apps: Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa, Wildlife of Southern Africa, British Wildlife Photoguide, Kingdon Guide to African Mammals, eSnakes of Southern Africa.

NB. This Application WILL ONLY work on an iPhone or iPod Touch and iPad running iOS 5.1 or higher NOT A NORMAL IPOD CLASSIC/NANO.

What’s New

Version 1.8.1

Fixed a bug that did not allow the 'Find Me' button to work.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Pro arbor ,

eTrees of Southern Africa

Was disappointed at first especially since the pages were not aligned properly, with part of the left-hand side of the page cut off. This problem corrected itself very soon without my having to make any adjustment to the app.

I would have liked the scientific names included in the index alongside the common names which vary so widely from author to author and country to country. This would quicken one's search quite considerably!

Am disappointed with the lack of a zoom in/out function for the photographs,which incidentally, I found to be generally of very good quality. This would be of immense help for those essential close-up scrutiny of leaves and flowers to establish differences between species.

The omission of a full picture of most trees is not a train- smash considering the modular growth form of trees and the basic premise underlying the authors' approach to the identification of trees.

I liked the inclusion of the facility to compare trees.

I think this has been a very worthwhile purchase at a very reasonable price.

MaralynR ,

My List function

Very disappointed that when you make a list of the trees you have seen, the ‘My List’ function does not sort the list alphabetically, making it impossible to find a tree you have added to the list. This function works perfectly in eBirds - please develop this in eBooks too

Witb1it5 ,

Old scientific names

When can we expect an update with the new scientific names for old ‘Acacia’?


Cool Ideas LLC
498.5 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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