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Landscape Plant Identification III: Street and Shade Trees

This is a self-paced plant identification course covering 66, common in the horticulture industry, street and shade trees.

You will be applying the skills you learned in Landscape Plant Identification I- Fundamentals to distinguish the differences between these plants, but also the resemblances they share for categorizing them into their respective families.

This third course will also build upon your use of these skills from the second course. You will see and hear some familiar genera, specific epithets and family names.

By the end of this course, you should be able to distinguish what makes a good street and/or shade tree.

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of this Plant ID course on shade trees, you will be able to:

  • Identify by botanical traits 66 street and shade trees, and be cognizant of cultivars of these plants.
  • Understand how plants presented are commonly used in landscapes.
  • Be aware of general culture, pests, diseases or other issues they may face.

Explore the Plant ID Series

This course is part of our Landscape Plants Series. This program consists of the following component courses:

On demand. Access any time.
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Ryan Contreras

Dr. Ryan Contreras is a Professor of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He has held a research and teaching appointment at Oregon State since 2009. He is also an ornamental Plant Breeder and teaches four campus-based and Ecampus courses, including landscape plant identification I and II, growth and development of horticultural crops, and plant propagation.

Dan Blanchard

Dan Blanchard is a Graduate Research Assistant at Oregon State University. He's a graduate student with expertise in plant identification and growing knowledge of plant database and curation of living collections.

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