Deciduous Tree Identification for Green Industry Professionals

Sassafras Tree
Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State University

Trees are the anchors of residential landscape design. Healthy trees can reduce home heating and cooling costs, intercept storm water runoff, and lower crime in neighborhoods. Customers are looking for attractive, pest tolerant trees and rely on green industry professionals to select the right tree for them. Green industry professionals are invited to join us and learn how to identify the best tree for their customers’ needs.

  • When

  • Wed., June 28, 2017
    (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

  • Where

  • Penn State Brandywine - 102 Tomezko Building
    25 Yearsley Mill Rd.
    Media, PA 19063

To Be Covered

Penn State horticulture professor Dr. David Sanford will cover deciduous trees recommended for Pennsylvania landscapes, discuss key identification characteristics and growing requirements, and share information about pest and disease issues. Emphasis will be on trees that are readily available in the nursery trade.

Participants will begin in the classroom at Penn State Brandywine, but will spend approximately half of the class time outdoors looking at trees at the Tyler Arboretum. Participants are asked to be prepared for the weather.

Who Should Attend?

This course is for individuals involved in the green industry including landscapers, nursery operators, garden center employees, etc. No prior study of woody ornamental plants is required.

Credit Information

The following Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator update credits will be offered:

  • Category 05 (2 credits)
  • Category 06 (2 credits)
  • Category 18 (2 credits)
  • Category 23 (2 credits)
  • Private Category (2 credits)


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