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Apr 29

What Tree Is That?: Celebrate Arbor Day with a New Phone App

Arbor Day Foundation tree identification guideArbor Day is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April. Not the easiest way to remember it, but hey, it’s been like 140 years, and who wants to change now? In 1872, J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day to combat the industrial revolution’s devastating appetite for trees that was fast consuming America’s most beautiful and valuable forests.

This year Arbor Day will be on April 26 and to celebrate the Arbor Day Foundation has developed a new phone application to make identifying trees easier than ever. For whatever reason, if you need help figuring out what kind you’re looking at, and if you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, The Arbor Day Tree Identification Guide: What Tree is That? is the app you’ve been waiting for.

Based on the Arbor Day Foundation’s tree identification guide, The Arbor Day Tree Identification Guide: What Tree is That? aims to help users identify a species of tree quickly and easily. The app works by asking you to enter in a few simple defining characteristics about the tree you’d like to identify like leaf size, bark type and branch structure. Once the app has the tree’s data, it will compare your observations to its database of over 250 North American tree species to figure out which tree you’re most likely looking at. And once a tree is identified, you can tag and map the location with the iPhone’s GPS—a handy tool for landscapers and the curious tree-lovers alike. The Arbor Day Tree Identification Guide: What Tree is That?‘s U.I. and step-by-step instructions make identifying trees fun and fast for all ages. The application is $4.95 to download at iTunes and makes for a great way to enhance your appreciation and knowledge of the natural world.


Author bio:

When he’s not out skiing the Utah powder, Greg Buckskin is a writer and blogger for

1 comment

  1. Remanufactured Toner

    That app would be of great help to botanists, foersters, and environmental scientists. When I was a student, we used dichotomous keys in identifying plants and trees.

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