Park Resources Branch Workshop - Tree Identification

Park Resources Branch Workshop
The focus of this workshop will be how to identify differences between native vs. non-native "lookalike" trees in Pennsylvania. Participants will: 1. Gain knowledge about identifying trees based on their bark, branch structure and leaves. 2. Gain knowledge about distinct differences between native and non-native trees that look similar.  3. Gain knowledge about the benefits of native versus non-native trees

Native and non-native trees can sometimes look alike, especially once their leaves have fallen. Which is which? Learn methods to distinguish trees from one another based on their bark, branch structure and leaves. In addition to a presentation, you’ll be invited on a virtual tour of Temple Ambler’s arboretum to put some of your new skills to the test.   

Many professionals in the parks and recreation and landscaping fields can have a difficult time distinguishing between native and non-native trees that share similar traits. The ability to tell the difference is important as staff does not want to accidentally fell a native, beneficial tree when they intended to remove a non-native tree.

Presenter Details

Kathy Salisbury is the Director of the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University where she is also an adjunct professor teaching Woody Plant Identification for the Landscape Architecture and Horticulture program. Prior to her position at Temple University, Kathy was an Extension Educator for Penn State Extension in Bucks County and has worked in various areas of horticulture for nearly 25 years including as the horticulturist for several municipal park systems. Kathy earned her BS in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley University and her MS in Public Garden Management from the University of Delaware where she was a Longwood Fellow.


9:00 - 9:45 AM                PowerPoint presentation highlighting the major differences between native and non-native lookalike trees

9:45 - 9:50 AM                Transition to outdoor area

9:50 - 10:30 AM              Outdoor virtual tour showcasing examples from the presentation

Registration Cost
Webinar attendance - $10
CEU credit (optional) - $5

NOTE - This event will be recorded, and registration will remain available for viewing and CEU credit through September 30, 2021.

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11/5/2020 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Eastern Standard Time
Virtual Training via Zoom

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