Free app for tree ID needs work

This program to identify local leaves exhibits some technological hiccups

By Bethany Brookshire, 16:11 PM September 2, 2014

When you’re on a hike, or just wandering around your neighborhood, you might come across a tree or other leafy green plant and wonder what it is. Unfortunately, figuring that out can mean digging up a guidebook or spending a long time downloading images and entries from the Internet. A new app pledges to make tree identification a snap. And it delivers — but not as well you might hope.

Leafsnap is a free app available for the iPhone or iPad. It offers leaf guides, plant games and a leaf-recogn...

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