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Unit 2 Tree Biology and Soil/Site Limitations

Objectives:

  1. Understand tree root spread & Distribution and its implications.
  2. Learn basic tree biology including transpiration, formation of bark & function of cambium, & physiological requirements of roots.
  3. Understand water and nutrient relations in urban soils and their influence on urban trees.

Understanding Trees

  1. Tree Biology
  2. Assessing Urban Soils and
  3. Site limitations

Becoming an Advanced Master Gardener Tree Steward

Suggested Readings

These will be added. A complete list of the readings is available in the required text, "Advanced Master Gardener - Tree Steward Handbook," Virginia Cooperative Extension. The text is available from the Office of Consumer Horticulture of the Horticulture Department of Virginia Tech.

Additional useful materials

The presentations below may require either the Power Point Viewed or the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. Click here to go to our downloads page for information about how to obtain these free programs.

Tree Biology, Branch Biology & CODIT, Assessing Urban soils. Adapted by Frank Reilly from material prepared by: Joseph Murray Assistant Professor of Biology Arboriculture Program Director, Blue Ridge Community College P.O. Box 80 Weyers Cave, VA 24486 www1.br.vccs.edu/murray

 

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