Trees, like other members of the plant kingdom, adapt themselves to specific regions over generations .Some species can be found almost anywhere; others have a more limited range. As a result, landscapers often want to identify a particular tree so that they will know if the species has adapted to their region and will survive. Tree identification is also helpful for nature enthusiasts curious about a particular tree discovered in a forest. Fortunately, universities and governmental organizations have developed resources for these purposes.
Urban Horticultural Institute
The Urban Horticultural Institute is a resource devoted to helping urban gardeners grow successful gardens. This institute has a resource that aids urban gardeners in identifying plants and determining which plants are the most suitable for particular areas of the urban location, according to Cornell University.
Virginia Tech has created fact sheets for more than 900 trees. The University of Florida has created 680 fact sheets that include detailed descriptions of a tree’s leaves, trunk, flowers and fruit. These fact sheets also cover the ecology of these trees and help gardeners identify pests and diseases that might be infecting them. Cornell University has a woody-plant database that covers more than 300 trees and shrubs.
Conservation Tree Pocket Guide
The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service has a printable pocket guide that helps farmers identify suitable conservation trees and shrubs. Conservation farmers are concerned with achieving the highest profit for agricultural endeavors while also maximizing sustainability and minimizing damage to the environment.
SelecTree is an online software program that allows users to select one of 1,156 trees and helps users determine whether their home area will be suitable for the tree, based on 47 criteria. Programs like this are helpful, since gardeners can sometimes become overwhelmed with the factors that must be considered when planting a tree in a given area.
British Trees is an online resource for trees that are native to the United Kingdom or that are commonly found in the United Kingdom. This resource also contains useful information on how environmental enthusiasts can do their part to help increase the number of trees in the U.K., according to the National Biological Information Infrastructure.
Basics of Tree Classification
Basics of Tree Classification is a resource found at the Virginia Tech website that contains a key that helps students classify trees. This key helps with the classification of trees based on their bark, leaves, fruit, twigs and form.
Several organizations, such as the Agroforestry Resource Center at Cornell University, have information on forest conservation and also seek to aid environmentalists in reforesting various areas, such as the Catskill Mountain region.