When a woody plant pops out at you and you wonder what it is, there are a few resources you can use in your quest for its identification.
- University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Horticulture Department: drop by samples at one of our offices and our UNCE Master Gardener Volunteers or one of our staff will identify the plant. You can also email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org although identification via email is not always possible.
- OSU’s Landscape Plants database: view and search for plants on this site. It contains over 1,700 landscape plants listed in alphabetical order and searchable by common name.
- OSU’s Woody Plant Identification System: check off characteristics that match what you saw and click search. A list of matching plants will be displayed.
For more information about Oregon State University’s plant database and identification system, read University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Carson City/Storey County Extension Educator JoAnne Skelly’s article “Trying to Identify a Woody Plant?”