Syllabus

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Textbooks

Required Text: Woody Plants In North America, Kendall-Hunt Publishing, Multimedia Computer Software

Other Texts: A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs by G. Petrides (the Peterson Field Guide Series) Houghton Mifflin Co.
Petrides

It is also recommend you carry with you a hand lens (10x) and a small pocket knife.

Also available are printable tree fact sheets that can be printed out beforehand and carried to the field. We strongly encourage the use of these fact sheets.

The free vTree tree identification app is available for Android or iPhone.

Instructor

Dr. Seiler

Dr. John Seiler

jseiler@vt.edu

(540) 231-5461

Dr. John Seiler is the instructor in charge of the course. His office is in Room 230J Cheatham. Teaching assistants will also be assigned to the various course sections. Any questions you may have regarding course content or grades should be directed to Dr. Seiler. The lab assistants' office hours will be announced in lab by the second week of the semester. We all try to keep an open door, so please feel free to stop by at any time.

Goals and Objectives

Educational Goals:

  1. To expose students to morphological, ecological and phenological traits useful in field identification of woody plants.
  2. To stimulate curiosity about woody plant vegetation in North America and to gain an appreciation of its uses by wildlife and people.
  3. To introduce some basic characteristics of forest ecosystems.

Specific Objectives:

  1. Students should know and be able to list characteristics useful in distinguishing woody plant families and genera.
  2. Students should know the scientific and common names of each plant studied in laboratory.
  3. Students should be able to identify and name each plant covered in laboratory, either by fruit, cone, leaf, twig, bark, habit, or any combination of these or other characteristics.
  4. Students should be familiar with the basic ecology and range of each species covered in the lab through reading materials in the texts.

Grading

The point distribution for grading each quiz specimen is as follows:

Family: 1 point
Species: 1 point
Genus: 1 point
Common Name: 3 points

*One-half point will be deducted for each misspelling of any part of the Latin name.

The final numerical grade in the course will be based on the average of all quizzes. The final course average will be calculated as points earned/total points possible.

If you miss a quiz, the grade will be recorded as a zero (0) unless an acceptable medical excuse is provided or a death occurs in your immediate family. The instructor will schedule a make-up quiz if and when appropriate. If you are sick or need to travel home, contact one of the instructors as soon as possible. Written permission to schedule a make-up quiz must be obtained from the course instructor. The College of Natural Resources and Environment Firefighting Policy will be followed.

Final Course Grade:

If your final numerical grade is:

Your final course grade is:

93 or above

A

90-92

A-

87-89

B+

83-86

B

80-82

B-

77-79

C+

73-76

C

70-72

C-

67-69

D+

63-66

D

60-62

D-

59 or below

F

Safety Awareness

All laboratories are conducted outdoors in whole or in part, regardless of weather conditions. Appropriate protective clothing should be worn when inclement weather is anticipated. Boots are recommended for off-campus trips. Because of the obvious health risks associated with exposure to inclement weather, the instructors reserve the right to dismiss any student who is not properly dressed from any lab period.

Being outdoors carries some additional risk. Always be aware of your surroundings. Pay special attention while crossing roads or examining trees near roads. Use your knofe responsibly. Bees, wasps and yellow jackets, although not common, may be encountered during a lab. You may wish to inform your instructor and TA of any allergies or other medical conditions that you may have. Poison-ivy will be present, so know what the species looks like. It is everyone's responsibility for keeping the class safe.

Other Help and Transportation

Dendrology Lab Room

The dendrology lab, room 215 Cheatham Hall, will be set up with specimen examples (twigs, leaves, fruit, etc.) for each week's laboratory. This is for your use on your own time. Occasional "mock" quizzes will also be available. In addition, we will be having occasional weekend review sessions. These will be announced in class and will be posted on the class home page. Pay attention to and take advantage of these opportunities. You are paying a large sum of money for this course, so make the most of it.

Off Campus Labs and Transportation

Many of the labs are off campus. YOU are responsible for getting to these locations ON TIME. The locations are nearby (e.g., Pandapas Pond) and the class web page has maps to all locations. We encourage you to carpool. If you do not have a car and need help arranging a ride, let one of us know. Please plan ahead (e.g., be sure you have gas) and be sure you know where you are going.

Assistance Available

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this class, please contact John Seiler, 230J Cheatham, at 231-5461 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations.

**Note: Because taxonomists occasionally rename species, a botanical name on the syllabus may not match what is in your book. The syllabus is the most updated name.**

Course Outline:

Lab #1: On Campus
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Family Botanical Name Common Name

play map Aceraceae

Acer rubrum

red maple

play map Aceraceae

Acer saccharum

sugar maple

play map Anacardiaceae

Toxicodendron radicans

poison-ivy

play map Cornaceae

Cornus florida

flowering dogwood

play map Fagaceae

Quercus alba

white oak

play map Fagaceae

Quercus velutina

black oak

play map Magnoliaceae

Liriodendron tulipifera

yellow-poplar

play map Oleaceae

Fraxinus pennsylvanica

green ash

play map Pinaceae

Abies concolor

white fir

play map Pinaceae

Picea abies

Norway spruce

play map Pinaceae

Pinus strobus

eastern white pine

play map Platanaceae

Platanus occidentalis

American sycamore

play map Rosaceae

Prunus serotina

black cherry

Lab #2: On Campus
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Family Botanical Name Common Name

playmap Aceraceae

Acer negundo

boxelder

map Aceraceae

Acer platanoides

Norway maple

map Aceraceae

Acer saccharinum

silver maple

playmap Annonaceae

Asimina triloba

pawpaw

playmap Cornaceae

Nyssa sylvatica

blackgum

playmap Cupressaceae

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

dawn redwood

playmap Fagaceae

Fagus grandifolia

American beech

playmap Fagaceae

Fagus sylvatica

European beech

playmap Hamamelidaceae

Liquidambar styraciflua

sweetgum

playmap Lauraceae

Sassafras albidum

sassafras

map Rosaceae

Prunus avium

sweet cherry

map Salicaceae

Populus grandidentata

bigtooth aspen

map Salicaceae

Salix babylonica

weeping willow

playmap Salicaceae

Salix nigra

black willow

Lab #3: On Campus
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Family Botanical Name Common Name

playmap Betulaceae

Betula lenta

sweet birch

playmap Betulaceae

Betula nigra

river birch

playmap Fabaceae

Gleditsia triacanthos

honeylocust

playmap Fabaceae

Gymnocladus dioicus

Kentucky coffeetree

playmap Fagaceae

Castanea mollissima

Chinese chestnut

playmap Fagaceae

Quercus imbricaria

shingle oak

playmap Fagaceae

Quercus macrocarpa

bur oak

playmap Fagaceae

Quercus montana

chestnut oak

playmap Fagaceae

Quercus palustris

pin oak

playmap Fagaceae

Quercus phellos

willow oak

playmap Pinaceae

Picea glauca

white spruce

playmap Pinaceae

Tsuga canadensis

eastern hemlock

playmap Rosaceae

Pyrus calleryana

Callery pear

Lab #4: Mid-County Park and Pool map
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Family Botanical Name Common Name

playmap Betulaceae

Ostrya virginiana

hophornbeam

playmap Caprifoliaceae

Viburnum prunifolium

blackhaw

playmap Cornaceae

Cornus alternifolia

alternate-leaf dogwood

playmap Fabaceae

Cercis canadensis

eastern redbud

playmap Fabaceae

Robinia pseudoacacia

black locust

play Fagaceae

Quercus muehlenbergii

chinkapin oak

playmap Fagaceae

Quercus rubra

northern red oak

playmap Juglandaceae

Juglans nigra

black walnut

playmap Lauraceae

Lindera benzoin

spicebush

playmap Magnoliaceae

Magnolia acuminata

cucumbertree

playmap Oleaceae

Fraxinus americana

white ash

playmap Pinaceae

Pinus virginiana

Virginia pine

Lab #5: On Campus
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Family Botanical Name Common Name

playmap Betulaceae

Betula papyrifera

paper birch

playmap Betulaceae

Betula populifolia

gray birch

playmap Betulaceae

Carpinus caroliniana

hornbeam

playmap Bignoniaceae

Catalpa speciosa

northern catalpa

playmap Cupressaceae

Juniperus virginiana

eastern redcedar

playmap Ebenaceae

Diospyros virginiana

common persimmon

playmap Juglandaceae

Carya cordiformis

bitternut hickory

playmap Juglandaceae

Carya glabra

pignut hickory

playmap Juglandaceae

Carya ovata

shagbark hickory

playmap Juglandaceae

Carya tomentosa

mockernut hickory

playmap Pinaceae

Larix decidua

European larch

playmap Rosaceae

Crataegus spp.

hawthorn

playmap Tiliaceae

Tilia americana

American basswood

playmap Tiliaceae

Tilia cordata

littleleaf linden

Lab #6: On Campus
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Family Botanical Name Common Name

playmap Cornaceae

Cornus kousa

kousa dogwood

playmap Ericaceae

Rhododendron maximum

great rhododendron

playmap Ginkgoaceae

Ginkgo biloba

ginkgo

map Magnoliaceae

Magnolia grandiflora

southern magnolia

playmap Pinaceae

Picea pungens

blue spruce

playmap Pinaceae

Pinus nigra

Austrian pine

playmap Pinaceae

Pinus palustris

longleaf pine

playmap Ulmaceae

Celtis occidentalis

hackberry

playmap Ulmaceae

Ulmus americana

American elm

playmap Ulmaceae

Ulmus parvifolia

Chinese elm

playmap Ulmaceae

Ulmus pumila

Siberian elm

playmap Ulmaceae

Ulmus rubra

slippery elm

playmap Ulmaceae

Zelkova serrata

Japanese zelkova

Lab #7: Midterm Outdoor Exam, On Campus

Lab #8: Pandapas Pond, Lower Lot map
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Family Botanical Name Common Name

playmap Betulaceae

Alnus serrulata

hazel alder

playmap Cornaceae

Cornus amomum

silky dogwood

playmap Ericaceae

Kalmia latifolia

mountain laurel

playmap Ericaceae

Oxydendrum arboreum

sourwood

play Ericaceae

Rhododendron calendulaceum

flame azalea

playmap Ericaceae

Vaccinium pallidum

lowbush blueberry

play Fagaceae

Quercus ilicifolia

bear oak

playmap Pinaceae

Pinus pungens

Table Mountain pine

playmap Rosaceae

Rubus occidentalis

black raspberry

Lab #9: Merrimac map
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Family Botanical Name Common Name

map Anacardiaceae

Rhus copallinum

shining sumac

playmap Anacardiaceae

Rhus typhina

staghorn sumac

Betulaceae

Betula alleghaniensis

yellow birch

playmap Fagaceae

Castanea pumila

Alleghany chinkapin

Fagaceae

Quercus stellata

post oak

Pinaceae

Picea rubens

red spruce

map Pinaceae

Pinus resinosa

red pine

playmap Pinaceae

Pinus taeda

loblolly pine

playmap Rosaceae

Malus spp.

apple

playmap Rosaceae

Rubus allegheniensis

Alleghany blackberry

Lab #10: Pandapas Pond, Upper Lot map
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Family Botanical Name Common Name

playmap Aceraceae

Acer pensylvanicum

striped maple

playmap Fagaceae

Castanea dentata

American chestnut

playmap Fagaceae

Quercus coccinea

scarlet oak

playmap Hamamelidaceae

Hamamelis virginiana

witch-hazel

play Myricaceae

Comptonia peregrina

sweetfern

playmap Pinaceae

Pinus rigida

pitch pine

playmap Rosaceae

Amelanchier arborea

downy serviceberry

Lab #11: On Campus
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Family Botanical Name Common Name

playmap Aceraceae

Acer palmatum

Japanese maple

playmap Aquifoliaceae

Ilex opaca

American holly

playmap Cupressaceae

Taxodium distichum

baldcypress

playmap Cupressaceae

Thuja occidentalis

northern white-cedar

playmap Cupressaceae

xHesperotropsis leylandii

Leyland cypress

playmap Moraceae

Morus rubra

red mulberry

playmap Pinaceae

Abies fraseri

Fraser fir

playmap Pinaceae

Pinus sylvestris

Scots pine

playmap Pinaceae

Pinus thunbergii

Japanese black pine

playmap Pinaceae

Pseudotsuga menziesii

Douglas-fir

playmap Scrophulariaceae

Paulownia tomentosa

royal paulownia

playmap Taxaceae

Taxus baccata

English yew

Lab #12: Pandapas Pond, Lower Lot map
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Family Botanical Name Common Name

playmap Caprifoliaceae

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis

American elderberry

playmap Caprifoliaceae

Viburnum acerifolium

mapleleaf viburnum

playmap Elaeagnaceae

Elaeagnus umbellata

autumn-olive

play Ericaceae

Epigaea repens

trailing arbutus

playmap Ericaceae

Gaultheria procumbens

teaberry

playmap Rubiaceae

Mitchella repens

partridgeberry

playmap Smilacaceae

Smilax rotundifolia

common greenbrier

playmap Vitaceae

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Virginia creeper

Lab #13: Mid-County Park and Pool map
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Family Botanical Name Common Name

playmap Caprifoliaceae

Lonicera japonica

Japanese honeysuckle

playmap Caprifoliaceae

Lonicera maackii

Amur honeysuckle

playmap Celastraceae

Celastrus orbiculatus

Asian bittersweet

playmap Hippocastanaceae

Aesculus flava

yellow buckeye

playmap Oleaceae

Ligustrum obtusifolium

border privet

play Pinaceae

Pinus echinata

shortleaf pine

playmap Rosaceae

Rosa multiflora

multiflora rose

playmap Simaroubaceae

Ailanthus altissima

tree-of-Heaven

playmap Vitaceae

Vitis aestivalis

summer grape

Lab #14: Final Exam