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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2021
Units: 1
Hours: 12 lecture per quarter (12 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • identify trees by botanical and common names.
  • select plants for landscape use based on aesthetic conditions.


Identification, taxonomy, habits of growth, cultural and environmental requirements of plants which exhibit noticeable fall color. Color characteristics include stems, foliage, flowers, and fruit. Plants are observed in class, on campus, and at off-site locations.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Recall the botanical and common names, appearance, culture, adaptation and use of at least 40 plants exhibiting fall color characteristics.
B. Select plants for landscape uses based on cultural characteristics.
C. Analyze sites for planting.
D. Identify uses of fall color plants in landscapes.
E. Recognize the variety of ways plants exhibiting fall color are utilized by different cultures around the world.

Course Content

A. Detailed description of 40 or more plants with fall color
B. Cultural practices related to successful plant growth
1. Planting
2. Disease and insect pest control
3. Propagation
4. Pruning
5. Adaptation studies
6. Use of edible plants by different cultures
C. Site analysis for horticulturally correct plant selection
D. Relationship of course to landscape design practices
E. Cultural uses of fall color throughout the world

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Horticultural laboratory with multimedia projection system; related horticultural facilities.
B. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, plant collecting materials (baggies, labeling tape, knife, plant press, etc.).

Method(s) of Evaluation

Field test on plants exhibiting fall color (identification, growth habits, etc.)
Written exam on plant characteristics

Method(s) of Instruction


Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Sunset. Sunset Western Garden Book, 9th ed.. 2012.

This is a standard, seminal piece of literature for teaching plants in California. Editions are updated periodically with a new version due in 2020.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 20 pages per week from the assigned text.
B. There are no writing assignments for this course.


Ornamental Horticulture