2010 Agricultural Technology Contest

March 27, 2010


Nursery and Landscape


Contest Description and Rules:

Please direct questions to:

Dr. David Zlesak
Plant and Earth Science Department
University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Rules of Contest: Limit 25 Teams

  1. A team will consist of four members, the top two individual scores will compose the team score.
  2. The contest will have two phases:
    1. Identification of woody plants
    2. General Knowledge (nursery/landscape) exam
  3. Observers will NOT be permitted in the contest area before or during the contest.
  4. Each participant should bring at least 2, No. 2 pencils.

Phase I. Identification of Woody Plants: 50 pts.

  • 25 woody plant specimens from the attached list will be presented for the contestants to identify in the lab by common name. Each plant will be shown on a slide, image or specimen and its name is to be chosen from among 4 other plant common names. The letter to the left of the correct name should be written in the appropriate space on the official answer sheet. Two points will be given for each correctly identified plant. Each contestant will be allowed 25 minutes to complete this phase or approximately 60 seconds for each plant. Click here for a plant ID list study guide.
  • Please consult the 2006-20010 Career Development Event Handbook (Local Program Resource Guide CD) for plant ID.

Phase II. General Knowledge: 50 pts.

  • Thirty objective type, multiple-choice questions will be selected from the areas listed below. This phase of the contest will test the contestant's knowledge and understanding of the basic principles relating to the following areas of horticulture. For example, questions in the plant materials area may deal with such features as anatomy of a flower of leaf, or physiology of specific types of plants important to the horticulture industry. Questions related to design might cover concepts such as landscape style options (formal, natural), design principles (unity, balance), or planting for energy conservation. Each contestant will be allowed 30 minutes to complete this phase. Each answer has a value of 1 point.

Areas for testing include:

  1. Plant materials
  2. Plant disorders
  3. Cultural practices
  4. Landscape design and construction: There will be NO Landscape drawing practicum for the UWRF Contest, but general knowledge is testable.
  5. Supplies and equipment



Botanical Name Common Name
Abies concolor White Fir
Acer platanoides cv. Norway Maple
Acer rubrum cv. Red Maple
Acer saccharum cv. Sugar Maple
Amelanchier arborea Downy Serviceberry
Berberis thunbergii Japanese Barberry
Betula nigra River Birch
Brassia actinophylla Schefflera, Octopus Tree
Buxus microphylla cv. Wintergreen Boxwood
Cornus sericea Red-Osier Dogwood
Cotoneaster lucidus Hedge Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster apiculatus Cranberry Cotoneaster
Crataegus phaenopyrum Washington Hawthorn
Dracaena marginata Red-edge Dracaena
Draceana fragrans ‘Massangeana’ Corn Plant
Epipremnum spp. Pothos
Euonymus alatus Winged Euonymus
Euonymus fortunei Wintercreeper
Ficus Benjamina Benjamin Fig
Ficus elastica ‘Decora’ Decora Rubber Plant
Forsythia x intermedia cv. Border Forsythia
Fraxinus americana cv. White Ash
Frax. pennsylvanica Green Ash
Ginkgo biloba Ginkgo, Maidenhair Tree
Gleditsia triacanthos inermis cv. Thornless Honeylocust
Gymnocladus dioicus Kentucky Coffeetree
Hedera helix cv. English Ivy
Hemerocallis spp. and cv. Day lily
Hosta x hybrida cv. Plaintain Lily
Hydrangea paniculeta PeeGee Hydrangea
Ilex verticillata Winterberry
Juniperus scopulorum Colorado Red Cedar
Juniperus horizontalis cv. Creeping Juniper
Juniperus virginiena Eastern Red Cedar
Magnolia stellate Star Magnolia
Malus floribunda Flowering Crabapple
Pachysandra terminalis Japanese Spurge
Parthenocissus tricuspidata Boston Ivy
Philodendron scandens oxycardium Heartleaf Philodendron
Picea abies Norway Spruce
Picea glauca White Spruce
Picea pungens cv. Colorado (Blue ) Spruce
Pinus mugo Mugo Pine
Pinus strobus Eastern White Pine
Pinus sylvestris Scotch Pine
Potentilla fruticosa cv. Shrubby Cinquefoil
Quercus palustris Pin Oak
Quercus rubra Red Oak
Rhododendron ‘PJM’ PJM Hybrid Rhododendron
Salix alba ‘Tristis’ Golden Wheeping Fig
Sorbus aucuparia European Mountain Ash
Spiraea x bumalda Bumalda Spirea
Syringa vulgaris cv. Common Lilac
Taxus spp. and cv. Yew
Thuja occidentalis cv. American Arborvitae
Tilia cordata Littleleaf Linden
Tsuga canadensis Canadian Hemlock
Ulmus americana American Elm
Viburnum dentatum Arrowwood Viburnum
Viburnum trilobum American Cranberrybush Viburnum
Vinca minor cv Periwinkle

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