HORT30050 Landscape Trees and Shrubs

Academic Year 2021/2022

An introduction to the general range of trees and shrubs, perennials and bulbous plants used in public and private residential landscape schemes in urban and rural areas. Learn how to identify these plants, how and where they can be used in planting design and how they are cultivated and maintained. This module follows from an examination of the functional and ornamental uses of vegetation in the landscape taken in Stage 1 Plants and People (SCAU), Stage 2 as part of Fundamentals of Horticulture and is linked in particular with the module Elements of Landscape Design. It is also provides Landscape Architecture students with plant knowledge necessary for their planting design projects in particular and landscape design work in general.

In Autumn 2020 the mode of delivery of this module may be subject to COVID 19 restrictions.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Select plant materials for a range of situations encountered in natural and manmade landscapes. Prescribe management practices for a range of planting schemes, such as ground cover schemes, climbers, amenity trees and roses.Assess the suitability of existing and proposed vegetation for a range of situations. Be able to select plant material from nursery catalogues. Apply information gained from this module when developing planting plans and landscape management plans.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:

Practical plant identification classes

Visits to the campus to examine planting schemes 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Fundamentals of Horticulture or a similar course

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: Plant identification & site report Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Written examination (2 hour end of trimester) 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Class Test: Plant identification examination Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is available on the first plant identification examination in week 6 Feedback on the second plant identification examination and on the end of semester examination will offered to students in the following semester.

Name Role
Dr Mary Harty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Noeleen Smyth Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Caroline Elliott-Kingston Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 11:00 - 12:50