701-0266-00L  Introduction to Dendrology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersA. Rudow
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


701-0266-00 PEinführung in die Dendrologie
Unterricht rund zur Hälfte in Form von Exkursionen und Übungen im Wald (ETH Hönggerberg). Ausserdem 4 halbtägige Exkursionen an Fr Nachmittagen oder Wochenenden, nach Absprache (in der Umgebung von Zürich und Baden)
3 hrs
Wed14:45-16:30HPT C 103 »
A. Rudow

Catalogue data

AbstractWoody plants are important elements of forest ecosystems and landscapes. The course gives an introduction to dendrology as well as to the identification of native tree and shrub species. It is a highly recomended course for the BSc specialization of Forest and Landscape and it provides the basic requirements for the consecutive course Woody Plants of Central Europe in the spring semester.
ObjectiveKnowledge of selected native tree and shrub species. Understanding of biological and ecological relations by means of in situ observation of woody plants. Differentiated view on forest ecosystems.
ContentIntroduction to dendrology on the basis of concrete examples. Emphasis on identification of tree and shrub species (80 frequent tree and shrub species) and on the understanding of tree structure (morphology of woody plants). The illustrating way of presentation and the relations between different scale levels (organ, individual, stand, ecosystem) provide an attractive insight into forest and landscape topics as well as into environmental biology.
Lecture notesRudow, A., 2023: Dendrologie 1 - Folien (in German).
Rudow, A., 2017: 80 Bäume & Sträucher - Bestimmungshilfe (in German).
LiteratureKremer, B.P., 2010: Bäume & Sträucher. Steinbachs Naturführer. Ulmer, Stuttgart. 380 p. (in German).
Lang, K.J., Aas, G., 2017: Knospen und andere Merkmale (Winterbestimmung). Self publisher, 59 p. (collective order during the course is possible).
Rudow, A., 2011: eBot Dendrologie (Betaversion). E-learning-Tool for the support of dendrology courses at ETHZ (application integrated in eBot, in German).
Prerequisites / NoticeHalf of the course will be held in form of excursions and practical training in the forest (ETH Hönggerberg). Besides that 4 half day excursions (Zurich and surroundings, on weekends, dates by arrangement). Weatherproof clothes are presupposed.
The course provides the basic knowledge for the advanced course 701-0316-00L Woody plants of Central Europe (Dendrology 2)
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesfostered
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersA. Rudow
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationDie Semesterleistung setzt sich zusammen aus zwei selbständigen Arbeiten sowie dem Besuch der halbtägigen Exkursionen.

Learning materials

Learning environmenteBot Dendrologie (ergänzendes Online-Lerntool zur Gehölzkunde)
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


There are no additional restrictions for the registration.

Offered in

Environmental Sciences BachelorFor the Specialization in Forest and LandscapeWInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorEcology and Conservation BiologyWInformation