Woody Plant Identification: Shade Trees

Woody Plant ID (PSU - N Knauss)
Nancy Knauss, Penn State University

Shade trees are a long-lived investment. They provide a calm and peaceful environment while increasing the property value of your home. Shade trees attract birds and other wildlife, lower energy costs, improve water quality by reducing runoff and erosion. Join us for Woody Plant Identification: Shade Trees and learn to identify and use thirty-five deciduous shade trees that are hardy in Reading, Pennsylvania.

  • When

  • Wed., Oct. 18, 2017
    Mon., Oct., 23, 2017
    (9:30 AM - 1:00 PM)

  • Where

  • Reading Publc Museum Arboretum
    500 Museum Rd.
    Reading, PA 19611

*Note: This workshop is for Master Gardeners only. 

To Be Covered

This six-hour course is designed to teach the identification and usage of thirty-five deciduous shade trees that are hardy in Northeastern Pennsylvania. For each plant we will discuss physical morphology, site requirements, landscape value, as well as any common insect pests or disease.

All participants will receive a full-color identification manual on shade trees.


Please complete Module 1 of the Woody Plant Identification Advanced Certificate Program prior to the first class.

There are two parts to Module 1 - Taxonomy and Nomenclature & Plant Morphology.

Module 1 Link - https://psu.app.box.com/s/f2bxocemiyqdmso6b8zo2h9976bpkzb1. Master Gardeners can also find the link on your county’s VMS home page. Look on the right side of the page under statewide links, Woody Plant ID: Module 1. You can listen to the module at your convenience, and as many times as you want. In addition, a quiz and handouts to accompany Taxonomy and Nomenclature can be found in the folder.


Workshop Notes

This is a hands-on course that will be held outdoors, participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes, weather appropriate clothing, and to bring a lunch.

Credit Information

  • ISA recertification credits will be offered
  • PCH credits are pending approval 




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