About ALE 2250 A

Identification, climatic requirements, cultural management, and use of woody ornamental plants (trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines/climbers) in managed landscape settings. Prerequisites: PBIO 1040 or ALE 1100, or ALE 1210, or ALE 1370 or BIOL 1400 or BIOL 1450 or BCOR 1400 or BCOR 1450 or FOR 1210 or Instructor permission.


Prereqs enforced by the system: PSS/ALE 1100 or 1210 or 1 semester of Biology or permission; Open to Degree and PACE students; Contact instructor for override: mark.starrett@uvm.edu

Section Description

In this course, we will study the art and science of woody plant identification (trees, shrubs, groundcovers & vines/climbers). We will also study the culture, use, and adaptation of woody ornamental plants in specific landscape situations. This is a lecture/lab combination. Quiz walks will be every Tuesday from 10:05 - 11:15 AM. We will break for lunch from 11:15 AM until 12 Noon and then reconvene and go out on our plant walk on campus. On Thursdays we will continue the walk on campus to finish looking at all the plants for that week. We will break at the same time for lunch on Thursdays as well. Typically a weekly plant list will consist of 25 plants. Approximately 80% of the class/lab is conducted OUTDOORS! If you like fresh air and sunshine, this is the class FOR YOU!

Section Expectation

The student will be able to: 1.) Identify approximately 250 plants by their scientific and common name, using correct spelling! 2.) Determine the most desirable ornamental characteristics for these plants. 3.) Determine the most suitable planting locations for specific plants based on their cultural requirements and landscape characteristics. 4.) Master the skill of plant observation and description, both orally and in writing.


12 Weekly plant identification quizzes = 60% (your lowest two scores are dropped) Term paper (5 pages) and in-class PowerPoint presentation on a woody plant of your choosing = 10% 1 Plant identification and cultural requirements Midterm Exam = 15% 1 Plant identification and cultural requirements Final Exam = 15%

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