Tree Identification

Some good resources for tree identification. (updated Dec 7, 2020)


iNaturalist  This app identifies plants and animals, iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

YouTube Channel

Ethan Tapper Chittenden County Forester – many good videos on tree identification and other topics


Arbor Day Foundation –

Go Botany by the Native Plant Trust –

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service –

What Tree Is It? by the OPLIN (Ohio Public Library Information Network) and Ohio Historical Society –

Plant Selection and Tree Identification

Find Plants by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center –

Native Plants Database by the National Audubon Society –

Native Plants Finder by the National Wildlife Federation –


Brockman, Frank C. Trees of North America, Golden Field Guides, 2001, St. Martin’s Press, ISBN: 1-58238-092-9.

Coombes, Allen J. Trees, 1992,  Dorling and Kindersley Handbooks, ISBN: 1-56458-075-X.

Dirr, Michael Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs, An Illustrated Encyclopedia,  1997, Timber Press,  ISBN: 0-88192-404-0.

Dirr, Michael & Warren, Keith S. The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes, and Gardens, 2019, Timber Press, ISBN-10: 1604697148, ISBN-13: 978-1604697148

Dirr, Michael. Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs,  2016, Timber Press, ISBN-13: 978-0881929010, ISBN-10 : 0881929018

Harrington, H.D. How to Identify Plants, 1957, Swallow Press, ISBN: 0-8040-0149-9.

National Audubon Society: The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees – Eastern Region, 1980, Alfred A. Knopf, ISBN: 0-394-50760-6.

Pellet, Norman E. and Mark C. Starrett Landscape Plants for Vermont, 2002 Edition. Available from UVM Extension Master Gardener Program.

Pellett, Norman E.  Native Shrubs and Vines for Northern New England Landscapes, 2001, Available from The Friends of the Horticulture Farm, PO Box 64788, Burlington VT 05406-4788.

Petrides, George A.  Trees: Peterson First Guide to Trees of North America, 2nd edition 1998, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN:978-0395911839.

Petrides, George A. Trees and Shrubs, Peterson Field Guides, 2nd edition, 1973, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN: 978-0395175798.

Plotnick, Arthur  The Urban Tree Book: An Uncommon Field Guide for City and Town, 2000, Three River Press, ISBN: 0-8129-3103-3.

Whitman, Ann H. editor, Familiar Trees of North America East, National Audubon Society Pocket Guide, 1986, Knopf Inc., ISBN: 0-394-74851-4.

Wojtech, Michael BARK A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast, 2011, University Press of New England, ISBN: 978-1-58465-852-8.