SYLLABUS

WOODY LANDSCAPE PLANTS
HORTICULTURE 3326

SPRING 2000


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

OFFICE HOURS:

Monday: 8-10
Wednesday: 1-5
Thursday: 1-5
Friday: 8-11

Open door policy, but best to make an appointment


COURSE POLICIES

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

  2. DURING LABS AND LECTURES THERE SHOULD BE NO MORE THAN ONE PERSON SPEAKING AT ONE TIME.

  3. PLEASE VOLUNTEER ANY PERTINENT INFORMATION TO THE CLASS.

  4. IN THIS CLASS THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A "DUMB QUESTION." SO I ENCOURAGE YOU TO ASK QUESTIONS WHENEVER AN UNCERTAINTY ARISES.

  5. IF A PROBLEM ARISES (REGARDING GRADES, UNDERSTANDING SUBJECT MATTER, SCHEDULING TESTS, ETC.), SEE ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

COURSE INFORMATION

  1. Text:

    Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Fifth Edition. Michael A. Dirr, 1998. Stipes Publishing Company (~$50).

  2. Meeting Times:

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

    Lab: Mon., Tues., or Wed. 2:00 to 4:50

    LABS START IN GREENHOUSE HALLWAY

  3. Course Objectives:

    1. To be able to identify required plants by giving genus, species, cultivar (if applicable), and common name.

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

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

      1. mature size/form of plants
      2. notable features such as flowers, fruit, or bark, etc.
      3. cultural aspects such as specific soil, water, temperature, and disease
      4. maintenance aspects such as pruning and pest control
      5. landscape function/uses such as specimen plant, wind break, hedge, etc.

    Mastering these objectives will allow you to develop your own philosophy regarding the use of plants in landscapes.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Weekly Quizzes

    12 plant identification quizzes will be given during lab periods (see class schedule). Quizzes are comprehensive; thus, all plants covered up to the day of the quiz are testable.

    In quizzes, a plant or plant part will be presented and you will be required to give the: genus, specific epithet, cultivar or variety (if applicable), and common name.

    Quiz Grading:

    Correct genus

    = 1 point

    Correct species (sp.)

    = 1 point

    Correct common name

    = 1 point


    Correct spelling is required. Each misspelled genus or sp. will cost minus 0.5 points.

    Your two lowest quiz grades will be dropped. This will accommodate you for any missed quizzes due to class trips, sleep too late, flu, etc. ONLY in EXTRAORDINARY circumstances (deemed by me) will you be allowed to make up a quiz grade. Since cold weather prevails this semester, be equipped with clothing that will keep you warm for a 3 hr outdoor lab. In the event of EXTREME conditions, we will have an indoor lab. If you miss a lab, you may attend another lab that week but may not take the quiz.

  2. Tests

    There will be two tests during the semester (see course schedule). The 2nd test will only include plant cultural information covered since the 1st test. Other information such as terminology/botanical information will be tested on a cumulative basis. Last year's 1st test is in the reserve desk of the library under "Niemiera." and in the class web site.


  3. Final Exam

    The final exam (see schedule) will cover the set of plants since the 2nd test and all other terminology/botanical information since the beginning of the course.

  4. Final Grade Computation

    Quiz avg

    = 40%

    Test 1 & 2 avg

    = 36%

    Project

    = 6%

    Final exam

    = 18%

    Final letter grades will be assigned on the plus/minus system.

  5. Field Trip
    There will a field trip to Greenbrier Nursery (Roanoke) on April 17, 18, and 19 (Mon., Tues., Wed. labs). Attendance is required and a quiz will be given. Transportation will be provided; we will depart from greenhouse promptly at 2:00 and return about 5:30.

  6. Project
    A slide project or plant mount project is required and will be graded. Your project grade will constitute 6% of your overall course grade. LATE PROJECT PENALTY = 10%.

    1. Slide Project Instructions

      1. 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.
      2. Label each slide with your last name and a number (#1 through 5)
      3. For each slide, give a concise reason (typed; 2 sentences maximum on an 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper) 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.
      4. Submit slides and explanations in an envelope. Slides are due on 1 of 2 dates:
    FEB. 17 or MAR. 23

    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 judged on the basis of:

    subject matter = 50%
    slide quality = 15%
    written explanation = 15%,
    following project instructions = 20%

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

    1. 2. Photographic Print Project Instructions

      1. Submit five (5) prints. A maximum of two (2) prints may illustrate a specific positive aspect of a woody plant (bark, form, fruit, etc.). At least three (3) prints should show the positive aspects of a landscape or portion of a landscape.
      2. Label each print with your last name and a number (#1 through 5). Prints may be attached to a board or submitted in an envelope that is attached to written explanations.
      3. For each slide, give a concise reason (typed; 2 sentences maximum on an 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper) 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.
      4. The project is due on April 27 (Thurs).

       

    Project grade will be judged on the basis of:
    subject matter = 50%
    photographic quality = 15%
    written explanation = 15%
    following project instructions = 20%

    THE OBJECTIVE OF THESE PROJECTS IS TO MAKE YOU CRITICALLY EVALUATE
    PLANTS AND LANDSCAPES

     

  7. Honor Code
    The Honor Code will be adhered to in this course. "All assignments submitted shall be considered graded work, unless otherwise noted. All aspects of your course work are covered by 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."

  8. Twig Room
    Plants viewed each week will be displayed (via twigs) in the Twig Room which is located on the second floor of Saunders. You are encouraged to visit plants on campus and not totally rely on twig samples.

 

CLASS SCHEDULE


DATE

Jan. 17,18, 19

Jan. 24, 25, 26

Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 2

Feb. 7, 8, 9

Feb. 14, 15, 16

Feb. 17

Feb. 21, 22, 23

Feb. 28, 29, Mar. 1

Mar. 2

Mar. 6, 7, 8

Mar. 13, 14, 15

Mar. 20, 21, 22

Mar. 23

Mar. 27, 28, 29

Apr. 3, 4, 5

Apr. 10, 11, 12

Apr. 13

Apr. 17, 18, 19

Apr. 24, 25, 26

May 1, 2, 3

May 9 (Tues) 10:05 - 12:05

ACTIVITY

No lab

Lab 1

Lab 2 - Quiz 1

Lab 3 - Quiz 2

Lab 4 - Quiz 3

1st Slide Submission

Lab 5 - Quiz 4

Lab 6 - Quiz 5

Test 1

Lab 7 - Quiz 6

SPRING BREAK

Lab 8 - Quiz 7 (or May 1, 2, 3)

2nd Slide Submission

Lab 9 - Quiz 8

Lab 10 - Quiz 9

Lab 11 - Quiz 10

Test 2

Lab 12 - FIELD TRIP - Quiz 11

Lab 13 - Quiz 12

No Lab/or Quiz 8

Final Exam

 

Semester Plant Schedule (Subject to change)

Jan 24, 25, 26
Pinaceae Pinus bungeana
Pinaceae Pinus cembra
Pinaceae Pinus densiflora 'Oculus-draconis'
Pinaceae Pinus densiflora 'Pendula'
Pinaceae Pinus flexilis
Pinaceae Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'
Pinaceae Pinus mugo var. mugo
Pinaceae Pinus nigra
Pinaceae Pinus parviflora
Pinaceae Pinus strobus
Pinaceae Pinus strobus 'Fastigiata'
Pinaceae Pinus strobus 'Nana'
Pinaceae Pinus strobus 'Pendula'
Pinaceae Pinus sylvestris
Pinaceae Pinus thunbergiana
Pinaceae Pinus wallichiana

Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 2
Pinaceae Abies concolor
Pinaceae Abies concolor 'Candicans'
Pinaceae Abies fraseri
Pinaceae Larix decidua
Pinaceae Picea abies
Pinaceae Picea abies 'Little Gem'
Pinaceae Picea abies 'Maxwellii'
Pinaceae Picea abies 'Nidiformis'
Pinaceae Picea abies 'Reflexa'
Pinaceae Picea glauca
Pinaceae Picea glauca 'Conica'
Pinaceae Picea mariana 'Doumetii'
Pinaceae Picea mariana 'Nana'
Pinaceae Picea pungens var. glauca
Pinaceae Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa'
Pinaceae Picea pungens 'Glauca Prostrata'
Pinaceae Picea pungens 'Montgomery'
Pinaceae Pseudotsuga menziesii
Pinaceae Sciadopitys verticillata
Pinaceae Tsuga canadensis
Pinaceae Tsuga canadensis 'Albo Spica'
Pinaceae Tsuga canadensis 'Gentsch White'
Pinaceae Tsuga canadensis 'Gracilis Nana'
Pinaceae Tsuga canadensis 'Sargentii'
Pinaceae Tsuga caroliniana

Feb. 7, 8, 9
Pinaceae Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'
Pinaceae Cedrus deodara
Pinaceae Cedrus libani

Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis thyoides
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Glauca Pendula'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Globosa'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Pygmea Aurescens'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Reis Dwarf'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Tetragona Aurea'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Torulosa Nana'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Boulevard'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Compacta'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Compressa Compacta'
Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Snow'
Cupressaceae X Cupressocyparis leylandii

Feb. 14, 15, 16
Cupressaceae Thuja occidentalis
Cupressaceae Thuja occidentalis 'Rheingold'
Cupressaceae Thuja orientalis
Cupressaceae Juniperus chinensis 'Nick's Compact'
Cupressaceae Juniperus chinensis 'Pfitzeriana'
Cupressaceae Juniperus chinensis 'Pfitzeriana Aurea'
Cupressaceae Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa'('Kaizuka')
Cupressaceae Juniperus conferta 'Blue Pacific'
Cupressaceae Juniperus horizontalis 'Bar Harbor'
Cupressaceae Juniperus horizontalis 'Plumosa'
Cupressaceae Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'
Cupressaceae Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'
Cupressaceae Juniperus virginiana
Cupressaceae Juniperus virginiana 'Canaertii'
Cupressaceae Microbiota decussata

Taxodiaceae Cryptomeria japonica
Taxodiaceae Cryptomeria japonica 'Bandai-sugi'
Taxodiaceae Cryptomeria japonica 'Sekkan-sugi'
Taxodiaceae Cryptomeria japonica 'Vilmoriniana'
Taxodiaceae Cunninghamia lanceolata
Taxodiaceae Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Taxodiaceae Taxodium distichum

Feb 21, 22, 23
Taxaceae Taxus baccata 'Repandens'
Taxaceae Taxus cuspidata 'Capitata'
Taxaceae Taxus x media 'Hicksii'

Aquifoliaceae Ilex x aquipernyi
Aquifoliaceae Ilex x attenuata 'Fosteri'
Aquifoliaceae Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii'
Aquifoliaceae Ilex cornuta 'O'Spring'
Aquifoliaceae Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda'
Aquifoliaceae Ilex crenata 'Compacta'
Aquifoliaceae Ilex crenata 'Convexa'
Aquifoliaceae Ilex crenata 'Helleri'
Aquifoliaceae Ilex crenata 'Microphylla'
Aquifoliaceae Ilex glabra
Aquifoliaceae Ilex x aquipernyi
Aquifoliaceae Ilex x meserveae (cultivars)
Aquifoliaceae Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'
Aquifoliaceae Ilex opaca
Aquifoliaceae Ilex pedunculosa

Feb. 28, 29, Mar. 1

Apocynaceae Vinca minor

Araliaceae Hedera helix
Agavaceae Yucca filamentosa
Agacaceae Yucca filamentosa 'Golden Sword'

Hamamelidaceae Corylopsis glabrescens
Hamamelidaceae Fothergilla gardenii
Hamamelidaceae Hamamelis x intermedia
Hamamelidaceae Hamamelis vernalis
Hamamelidaceae Hamamelis virginiana

Rutaceae Poncirus trifoliata

Mar. 6, 7, 8 (no new plants - only a QUIZ)

Mar 20, 21, 22
BerberidaceaeBerberis x gladwynensis 'William Penn'
Berberidaceae Berberis julianae
Berberidaceae Berberis x mentorensis
Berberidaceae Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea
Berberidaceae Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea 'Crimson Pygmy'
Berberidaceae Berberis verruculosa
Berberidaceae Mahonia aquifolium
Berberidaceae Mahonia bealei
Berberidaceae Nandina domestica 'Atropurpurea Nana'
Berberidaceae Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream'
Berberidaceae Nandina domestica 'Moon Beam'
Berberidaceae Nandina domestica 'San Gabriel'

Buxaceae Buxus microphylla
Buxaceae Buxus sempervirens
Buxaceae Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'
Buxaceae Pachysandra terminalis

Mar 27, 28, 29
Ericaceae Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Ericaceae Gaultheria procumbens
Ericaceae Kalmia latifolia
Ericaceae Leucothoe fontanesiana
Ericaceae Pieris japonica
Ericaceae Rhododendron catawbiense
Ericaceae Rhododendron 'Exbury'
Ericaceae Rhododendron 'P.J.M.'
Ericaceae Rhododendron maximum
Ericaceae Rhododendron yakusimanum

Myricaceae Myrica cerifera
Myricaceae Myrica pensylvanica

April 3, 4, 5
Celastraceae Euonymus fortunei coloratus
Celastraceae Euonymus fortunei coloratus 'Emerald 'n Gold'

Elaeagnaceae Elaeagnus angustifolia
Elaeagnaceae Elaeagnus pungens

Magnoliaceae Magnolia grandiflora
Magnoliaceae Magnolia x soulangiana
Magnoliaceae Magnolia x soulangiana 'Betty'
Magnoliaceae Magnolia stellata
Magnoliaceae Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'

Oleaceae Abeliophyllum distichum
Oleaceae Forsythia x intermedia
Oleaceae Forsythia suspensa var. sieboldii
Oleaceae Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'

April 10, 11, 12
Rosaceae Chaenomeles speciosa
Rosaceae Cotoneaster dammeri
Rosaceae Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Repens'
Rosaceae Prunus x cistena
Rosaceae Prunus x incamp 'Okame'
Rosaceae Prunus laurocerasus
Rosaceae Prunus mume
Rosaceae Pyracantha coccinea
Rosaceae Spiraea japonica var. alpina 'Little Princess'
Rosaceae Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound'
Rosaceae Spiraea thunbergii
Rosaceae Spiraea x vanhouttei
Rosaceae Stephanandra incisa 'Crispa'

Saxifragaceae Deutzia gracilis

April 17, 18, 19, FIELD TRIP

April 24, 25, 26
Caprifoliaceae Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk'
Caprifoliaceae Viburnum carlesii 'Compactum'
Caprifoliaceae Viburnum dilatatum 'Oneida'
Caprifoliaceae Viburnum x pragense
Caprifoliaceae Viburnum rhytidophyllum
Caprifoliaceae Weigela florida

 

PROJECT DECLARATION

 

NAME:

 

 

I CHOOSE:

 

 

[ ] SLIDE PROJECT ON:

 

 

[ ] FEB. 16



[ ] MAR. 18

 

 

OR

 

 

[ ] PLAN MOUNT PROJECT

 

DATE WILL BE ASSIGNED