Native Plants of Fall

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As the days get cooler and nights grow longer, attractive fall plants offer captivating flowers, enticing fruit, and stunning leaf color. They also provide much needed food for resident and migrating birds and other wildlife. Learn to identify 60 beautiful and functional native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials that can enhance your garden. Through lecture and outdoor labs, examine the identifying characteristics, preferred site conditions, and the environmental significance of each plant.

(12 PDHs)
Each week a Powerpoint presentation talks about the key identification features of 10 plants that are noteworthy in summer. Cuttings of the plants are in the front of the room for students to get an up-close look and students receive a handout describing the plants. After the 1 hour presentation, students are given a tour of the garden to see the 10 plants covered in class. Students are invited to study in the garden.

10 am - 11 am: Powerpoint presentation
11 am - 12 pm: Garden tour/outdoor lab

1. Acer rubrum
2. Aconitum uncinatum
3. Actaea podocarpa
4. Ageratina altissima var. altissima
5. Amsonia hubrichtii
6. Andropogon virginicus
7. Aronia melanocarpa
8. Asimina triloba
9. Callicarpa americana
10. Carya ovata
11. Chasmanthium latifolium
12. Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'
13. Conoclinium coelestinum
14. Coreopsis tripteris
15. Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'
16. Croton alabamensis
17. Cunila origanoides
18. Deschampsia cespitosa
19. Euonymus americanus
20. Eupatorium hyssopifolium
21. Eurybia divaricata
22. Euthamia caroliniana
23. Franklinia alatamaha
24. Gentiana clausa
25. Hamamelis virginiana
26. Helianthus angustifolius
27. Heuchera villosa
28. Ilex opaca
29. Ilex verticillata
30. Juniperus virginiana
31. Lindera benzoin
32. Liquidambar styraciflua
33. Lobelia siphilitica
34. Morella pensylvanica
35. Muhlenbergia capillaris
36. Nyssa sylvatica
37. Oxydendrum arboreum
38. Physocarpus opulifolius 'Mindia'
39. Quercus coccinea
40. Rhexia virginica
41. Rhus copallinum
42. Sambucus canadensis
43. Sassafras albidum
44. Schizachyrium scoparium
45. Solidago caesia
46. Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’
47. Solidago speciosa
48. Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece'
49. Sorghastrum nutans
50. Spiranthes odorata
51. Sporobolus heterolepis
52. Staphylea trifolia
53. Symphyotrichum cordifolium
54. Symphyotrichum georgianum
55. Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve 'Bluebird'
56. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’
57. Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
58. Vernonia novaboracensis
59. Viburnum nudum
60. Xanthorhiza simplicissima
Hockessin, DE
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Know and identify 60 native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
2. Learn how these native plants can be used in the landscape; see and understand their shape, form and function in the landscape.
3. Understand the ecological benefit and function of these native plants.
Renee Kemmerer; Travis Beck; Susan Boss; Erin McCormick; Emily Tinalli; Marcie Wiegelt; Jordane Wiseman
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Course Codes
GAR 323
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