Hone your tree identification skills!
From the latest Trees for Seattle newsletter: June is a great time to practice identifying trees. Leaves have emerged and many species are flowering, providing lots of clues to help you solve each tree ID puzzle. Below is a list of tree identification resources for all experience levels, from casual tree-lover to seasoned botanist. Don’t forget your face mask and to respect social distancing while out and about getting to know your leafy neighbors!
- Seattle Tree Walks: new mobile App will take you on an informative tour of trees in your neighborhood. Choose from over 15 Tree Walks across the city!
- What Tree Is That?: The Arbor Day Foundation’s step-by-step guide to help you identify a tree. Also includes a glossary of terms and other helpful information.
- PictureThis: Take a photo of an unknown tree, and this smartphone App will quickly and accurately generate a list of likely species.
- Seattle Street Tree Map: Produced by the Seattle Dept. Of Transportation, this map contains over 40,000 trees located along streets throughout the city.
- UW Botanic Gardens: An extensive collection of plant ID resources.
- Book: Trees of Seattle: Written by local expert Arthur Lee Jacobson, the ultimate anthology of Seattle’s trees, including where to find the best specimens around the city.
- The Gymnosperm Database: A comprehensive “clearing house” for all topics relating to conifers, including species descriptions and a wealth of natural history background.
- Virginia Tech Dendrology: A great resource for Seattle’s urban trees despite being based in Virginia. Contains helpful photos and descriptions to check your work and confirm an ID.
- Guide to New Haven’s Trees: Another resource borrowed from the east coast, a majority of these species are also very common in Seattle.