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Field Identification of Deciduous Trees & Shrubs


Plant material will be studied on site for their distinctive characteristics. Classes will be held outside at the Arnold Arboretum. Students will examine bark, twigs, buds, flowers, fruit leaves, outline and branching structure of mature specimens. Approximately 20 plants will be covered in each class. A sketch or photographic journal will be required of students, and weekly quizzes will be given. This introductory course will cover the large families most commonly seen and used in New England such as the maples, rose family (cherry and crabs), magnolias, oaks, beeches and hickories. Arborists, designers, contractors and other in the filed who need a refresher course are welcome.

Credits 3 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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