SYLLABUS
WOODY LANDSCAPE PLANTS
HORTICULTURE 3325 (INDEX #6772)
FALL 1999


Dr. Alex X. Niemiera
401 A Saunders Hall
OFFICE 231-6723; HOME 552-2436
E-Mail: niemiera@vt.edu

Office Hours: Wed 8 - 12
Fri to be announced


 

COURSE POLICY

  1. AN OPEN LINE OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN INSTRUCTOR AND STUDENTS IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED

  2. THE ONLY STUPID QUESTION IS AN UNASKED QUESTION

  3. PLEASE VOLUNTEER ANY PERTINENT INFORMATION

  4. EXTRANEOUS TALKING DURING LECTURE IS NOT WELCOME

 

COURSE INFORMATION

  1. Text:

    Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Fourth Edition. Michael A. Dirr, 1998. Stipes Publishing Company.



  2. Meeting Times:

    Lecture: Tues. and Thurs. 9:30 to 10:20


    Lab: Mon., Tues., or Wed. 2:00 to 4:50
    Lab meets in Greenhouse hallway - Lab meets regardless of weather conditions so dress appropriately - i.e. boots, rain gear, etc.



  3. Course Objectives:

    1. To be able to identify required plants by giving appropriate scientific name and common name.

      1. To be familiar with botanical terminology used in plant identification.

    2. To be able to cite (for required plants):

      1. form and mature plant size

      2. notable features such as flowers, fruit, or bark and the season they occur

      3. cultural aspects of plants such as specific soil, water, and temperature requirements and proneness to disease or insects

      4. maintenance considerations (messy, invasive, chemical treatment required, frequent pruning)

      5. landscape value of plants (specimen, accent, massing, etc.)

    Mastering these objectives will make you aware of the functional, aesthetic, architectural, and ecological aspects of woody plants in landscapes. Furthermore, you will be able to select plants for a landscape that will provide year-round interest and species diversity.

 

 COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Weekly Plant Identification Quizzes (LAB)

    There will be a total of 12 plant identification quizzes given during the semester (see class schedule). Quizzes will be comprehensive; thus, all plants covered up to the day of the quiz may be required for identification.

    Quiz Format:
    When presented with a plant (in landscape or stem section), you will provide:

    Genus specific epithet (cultivar or variety) common name

    Correct genus

    = 1 point

    Correct species

    = 1 point

    Correct common name

    = 1 point


    Correct spelling is required. Each misspelled genus or specific epithet will result in a minus 0.5 from your quiz grade.

    Your 2 lowest quiz grades will be dropped. This will accommodate you for any missed quizzes due to class trips, malfunctioning alarm clocks, illness, or any other phenomenon that keeps you from taking a quiz.

    You must attend your assigned lab session and will not be able to take quizzes in another section. In the event you miss a lab, you may attend another (without taking the quiz). A plant list will be issued at each lab; bring lists to lecture since plants will be presented according to the lab list order.


  2. Tests

    There will be two tests during the semester (see class schedule). The second test will only cover the set of plants since the first test. All other general information such as plant anatomy, hardiness, nomenclature, etc. will be tested on a cumulative basis. Last year's first test is in the Reserve section of the Library under the name: Niemiera


  3. Project

    A project is required by all students. You will choose a photographic slide project or a photographic print project. Projects comprise 6% of your course grade. Late projects will be penalized by 10%. The objective of the project is for you to evaluate the use of woody plants in a landscape.

    YOU MUST DECLARE YOUR SLIDE OR PRINT PROJECT OPTION BY SEPT. 2 (Thursday)

    1. Slide Project

      Submit five (5) slides. A maximum of two (2) slides may illustrate a specific positive aspect of a woody plant (bark, form, fruit, etc.). At least three (3) slides should show the positive aspects of a landscape or portion of a landscape. For each slide, give a concise reason (typed; 2 sentences maximum) explaining why your slide exemplifies an appropriate use of woody plants. Do not use the campus for your pictures. Your five photographs may be taken at five locations or one location.

      Lecture material will serve as criteria to judge landscapes or plants. Make typed explanations on an 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper. Submit slides and explanations in an envelope. Slides are due on one of three dates:

      SEPT 23

      OCT 14

      OCT 28



      Students will pick the submission date of their choice. However, if there is an unequal distribution of students/date, then I will randomly assign students to a new date. Slides will be shown in class during lecture periods. I will assign a class date in which your slides will be shown in which you will make a brief comment for each slide. If you do not attend class on the day your slides are shown, then your project grade will be penalized by 15%. Project grade will be composed of: subject matter = 50%; slide quality = 15%; written explanation = 15%; oral presentation = 10%; following project instructions = 10%.

      Use Ektachrome film. Photographic Serv. (Tech Center Dr - Campus) has same day service.

    2. Photographic Print Project

      You will submit a minimum of five (5) prints of an individual landscape (home, business, public area, etc.) which illustrate the positive aspects of the landscape. You will compose a one (1) page paper (typed, double space, 12 font, one inch margins) that explains the aspects shown in the prints. The project is due on Nov. 18 (Thurs). Project grade will be on the basis of print quality, written content, adherence to instructions, and neatness. Late projects will be penalized by 10%. You can use a disposable camera.

  4. Final Exam

    The final exam (see schedule) will cover the set of plants since the previous test and all general plant information since the beginning of the course. I will not give out final grades by phone. Use e-mail for grade request.


  5. Final Grade Computation

    Quiz Average

    = 40%

    Test Average

    = 36%

    Project

    = 6%

    Final Exam

    = 18%




  6. Honor Code

    "The Honor Code will be strictly enforced in this course. All assignments submitted shall be considered graded work, unless otherwise noted. All aspects of your coursework are covered by the Honor System. Any suspected violations of the Honor Code will be promptly reported to the honor system. Honesty in your academic work will develop into professional integrity. The faculty and students of Virginia Tech will not tolerate any form of academic dishonesty."


  7. Twig Room (Herbarium)


    Plants covered during labs will be displayed in the "twig room" (second floor [ground level] of Saunders Hall).

    The key to successful plant identification is repeated study. So make regular visits to plants on campus and the twig room.


  8. Teaching Assistants

    Some of the labs will be taught by teaching assistants; they will supply you with their office locations and office hours.

 

POST THESE DATES - SEE ME ASAP (!!!) IF YOU HAVE ANY CONFLICTS

CLASS SCHEDULE


DATE

Aug. 23, 24, 25

Aug. 30, 31, Sept. 1

Sept. 2

Sept. 6, 7, 8

(Lab meets on Labor Day, Sept. 6)

Sept. 13, 14, 15

Sept. 20, 21, 22

Sept. 23

Sept. 27, 28, 29

Sept. 30

Oct. 4, 5, 6

Oct. 11, 12, 13

Oct. 18, 19, 20

Oct. 14

Oct. 25, 26, 27

Oct. 28

Nov. 1, 2, 3

Nov. 4

Nov. 8, 9, 10

Nov. 15, 16, 17

Nov. 18

Nov. 22, 23, 24

Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1

Dec. 6, 7, 8

Dec. 14 (TUES) 7:45 to 9:45

ACTIVITY

No lab

Lab 1

Project Declaration

Lab 2 - Quiz 1

 

Lab 3 - Quiz 2

Lab 4 - Quiz 3

1st Slides Due

Lab 5 - Quiz 4

Test 1

Lab 6 - Quiz 5

Lab 7 - Quiz 6

Lab 8 - Quiz 7

2nd Slides Due

Lab 9 - Quiz 8

3rd Slides Due

Lab 10 - Quiz 9

Test 2

Lab 11 - Quiz 10

Lab 12 - Quiz 11

Print Project Due

Turkey Vacation

Lab 13 - Quiz 12

NO LAB

Final Exam

 

LAB 1 AUG. 30, 31, SEPT. 1

Calycanthaceae

Calycanthus floridus



Celastraceae

Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'



Clethraceae

Clethra alnifolia



Hydrangeaceae

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

Hydrangea macrophylla

Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora'

Hydrangea quercifolia



Hypericaceae

Hypericum 'Hidcote'

Hypericum calycinum



Loganiaceae

Buddleia davidii



Lythraceae

Lagerstroemia (indica x fauriei) cultivars



Malvaceae

Hibiscus syriacus



Saxifragaceae

Itea virginica



Simaroubaceae

Ailanthus altissima



LAB 2 SEPT. 6, 7, 8

Aceraceae

Acer buergeranum

Acer campestre

Acer x freemanii *

Acer ginnala

Acer griseum

Acer negundo

Acer palmatum

Acer palmatum var. dissectum

Acer platanoides

Acer rubrum

Acer saccharinum

Acer saccharum

Acer tegmentosum 'White Tigress' *



Betulaceae

Betula lenta*

Betula nigra



LAB 3 SEPT. 13, 14, 15

Bignoniaceae

Campsis radicans

Catalpa sp.



Ericaceae

Oxydendrum arboreum

Vaccinium corymbosum



Fabaceae

Cladrastis kentukea

Cytisus scoparius

Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis

Gymnocladus dioicus

Laburnum x watereri

Robinia pseudoacacia

Sophora japonica

Wisteria floribunda



Hippocastanaceae

Aesculus parviflora

Aesculus pavia



Juglandaceae

Juglans nigra



Scrophulariaceae

Paulownia tomentosa



LAB 4 SEPT. 20, 21, 22

Cornaceae

Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

Cornus florida

Cornus kousa

Cornus mas

Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'



Oleaceae

Chionanthus retusus

Chionanthus virginicus

Fraxinus americana

Fraxinus oxycarpa 'Raywood' *

Fraxinus pennsylvanica

Jasminum nudiflorum

Ligustrum amurense

Syringa meyeri*

Syringa reticulata

Syringa vulgaris



LAB 5 SEPT. 27, 28, 29

Aceraceae

Acer japonicum*

Acer davidii *



Anacardiaceae

Cotinus coggygria

Rhus typhina

Toxicodendron radicans



Annonaceae

Asimina triloba *



Aquifoliaceae

Ilex verticillata



Betulaceae

Carpinus caroliniana



Caesalpiniaceae

Cercis canadensis

Cercis chinensis *



Cercidiphyllaceae

Cercidiphyllum japonicum



Hamamelidaceae

Liquidambar styraciflua

Parrotia persica



Lauraceae

Sassafras albidum



Magnoliaceae

Magnolia macrophylla *



Moraceae

Broussonetia papyrifera*



Vitaceae

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Parthenocissus tricuspidata



LAB 6 OCT. 4, 5, 6

Betulaceae

Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'

Ostrya virginiana



Ginkgoaceae

Ginkgo biloba



Lardizabalaceae

Akebia quinata



Fagaceae

Fagus grandifolia

Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia'

Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea'

Fagus sylvatica 'Fastigiata'

Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula'

Fagus sylvatica 'Roseo-marginata'



Magnoliaceae

Liriodendron tulipifera

Magnolia virginiana



Nyssaceae

Nyssa sylvatica



Sapindaceae

Koelreuteria paniculata



Styracaceae

Halesia carolina

Styrax japonicus



Theaceae

Stewartia ovata *



LAB 7 OCT. 11, 12, 13



Fagaceae

Castanea mollissima

Quercus acutissima

Quercus alba

Quercus bicolor*

Quercus coccinea

Quercus macrocarpa *

Quercus palustris

Quercus phellos

Quercus prinus

Quercus robur 'Fastigiata'

Quercus rubra



 

LAB 8 OCT. 18, 19, 20



Caprifoliaceae

Abelia x grandiflora

Lonicera sempervirens

Viburnum dentatum

Viburnum plicatum var.tomentosum

Viburnum prunifolium *

Viburnum setigerum *



Platanaceae

Platanus x acerifolia

Platanus occidentalis



Rosaceae

Amelanchier arborea

Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud' *

Crataegus phaenopyrum

Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'

Malus sp.

Potentilla fruticosa



LAB 9 OCT. 25, 26, 27

Rosaceae

Cotoneaster divaricatus

Cotoneaster horizontalis

Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford'

Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea'

Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'

Prunus subhirtella var. pendula

Prunus x yedoensis

Rosa rugosa

Sorbus aucuparia



Tilaceae

Tilia americana

Tilaceae Tilia cordata

Tilaceae Tilia tomentosa



LAB 10 NOV. 1, 2, 3

Betulaceae

Betula papyrifera

Betula pendula

Betula populifolia



Rutaceae

Phellodendron amurense



Salicaceae

Salix babylonica

Salix matsudana 'Scarlet Curls' *

Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'



Ulmaceae

Celtis occidentalis

Ulmus americana

Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii' *

Ulmus parvifolia

Ulmus pumila

Zelkova serrata



Verbenaceae

Vitex agnus-castus



LAB 11 NOV. 8, 9, 10

Ebenaceae

Diospyros virginiana *



Moraceae

Maclura pomifera *

Morus alba 'Chaparrel'*



LAB 12 NOV. 15, 16, 17 QUIZ ONLY



LAB 13 NOV. 30, 31, DEC. 1 QUIZ ONLY



* Not Required for Identification

 

 

RETURN THIS FORM TO INSTRUCTOR BY SEPT 2



NAME:





 

I ELECT TO DO A:







[ ] SLIDE PROJECT TO BE SUBMITTED ON:





[ ] SEPT. 23



[ ] OCT. 14



[ ] OCT 28







OR







[ ] PRINT PROJECT TO BE SUBMITTED ON NOV. 18