List of Tree Identification Resources

Resources to assist in the identification of northeastern trees

Trees of New York: Native and Naturalized. Don Leopold, Syracuse University Press.

(available from Amazon and other book retail outlets)

This is an exceptional resource for anyone interested in identifying and learning about the trees of NY and the Northeast. The pictures are exemplary and the narrative describes, in accessible detail, the features of trees that allow identification with confidence. This is not a book to take into the field, but rather to leave at home as a reference.


Cornell Cooperative Extension: “Know Your Trees:

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Know Your Trees

A guide to the identification of New York State Forest Trees

Online Tree Pictures

           This site is not strictly about tree identification, but rather provides a collection of forestry images. You might be able to compare a specimen of a tree that you think you know to one of the archived images.

Forestry Images: Forest Health, Natural Resources, Fire, Trees, Wildlife, Silviculture Photos

Forestry Images is a joint project of The University of Georgia - Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, US Forest Service, International Society of Arboriculture, USDA Identification Technology Program

USDA Forest Service Silvics Manual

(or search Google for “silvics manual”)

           This site isn’t about tree identification per se, but is about the biology and ecology of trees. Sometimes, knowing the conditions where a tree is common or most thrifty will help in identification. This resource will also provide insights into the conditions most favorable for a particular species.

Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry

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Here is a nice online resource with simple and advanced keys.

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