Ornamental and landscape arboriculture

Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: STEFANIA MARIA BENNICI

Expected Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to intervene in the choice and management of tree systems that perform an ornamental and landscape function in the Mediterranean environment. The student will also be able to recognize the main ornamental tree species by placing them in an appropriate ecological and landscape context.

Course Structure

Lessons (21 hours) and technical visits and exercises by case studies and/or seminars (42 hours).

As a guarantee of equal opportunities and in compliance with current laws, interested students can ask for a personal interview in order to plan any compensatory and/or dispensatory measures, based on their specific needs and on teaching objectives of the discipline. It is also possible to ask the departmental contacts of CInAP (Center for Active and Participatory Inclusion - Services for Disabilities and/or DSAs), in the persons of professor Anna De Angelis.

Required Prerequisites

General arboriculture

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is not mandatory, but recommended as it facilitates the student’s learning and assessment.

Detailed Course Content

Botanical classification, origin, spreading, ornamental value, morphological characteristics, environmental requirements of the main ornamental tree species in the Mediterranean environment. Management of ornamental woody systems (planting and pruning). Functions and beneficial effects of trees. The role of trees for cities.

Textbook Information

1. Ferrari M., Medici D., Alberi e arbusti in Italia, Manuale di riconoscimento delle principali specie ornamentali. Edagricole, 2017.

2. Paesaggi rurali storici, editori Laterza 2011

3. Alessandro Chiusoli La scienza del paesaggio, CLUEB 1999

4. Giuseppe Barbera Abbracciare gli alberi Mondadori 2009

5. Francesco Ferrini, Alessio Fini Amico albero ruolo e benefici del verde nelle nostre città ETS 2017

6. Harris, R.W. et al., Arboriculture- Integrated management of landescape trees, shrubs, and vines-, Prentice Hall U.S.A.

7. Appunti dalle lezioni e altro materiale didattico forniti dal docente durante il corso.

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

Oral test with recognition of the species under study. The assessment of the student’s preparation will be based on the following criteria: learning ability and level of study of the topics covered, properties of synthesis and exposure, and reasoning skills of the student. The voting follows the following scheme:


Subject knowledge and understanding

Ability to analyze and synthesize

Use of references

Not suitable

Important shortcomings. Significant inaccuracies

Irrelevant. Frequent generalizations. Inability to synthesize

Completely inappropriate


At threshold level. Obvious imperfections

Barely sufficient capacity

Just Appropriate


Routine knowledge

It is capable of correct analysis and synthesis. Argue logically and consistently

Use standard references


Good knowledge

Has good analytical and synthesis skills. Arguments are expressed consistently

Use standard references


Knowledge more than good

Has remarkable analytical and synthesis skills

Deepened the arguments


Excellent knowledge

It has remarkable analytical and synthesis skills.

Important insights

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

Recognition of species under study. Phytoclimatic bands: Lauretum. Botanical, morphological, environmental requirements and ornamental value: Pinus pinea, Platanus acerifolia, Celtis australis, Jacaranda mimosifolia