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Non-Native Shrubs For Planting Under Oak Trees

Quercus lobata - Valley Oak - California Native Oak Tree - California Supplemental Exam for landscape architects

Native oak trees (Quercus spp.) are one of California’s most beautiful natural resources. Several native oak species, such as coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia), blue oak (Quercus douglasii), and valley oak (Quercus lobata), are common along the coastal plains, foothills,

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Ribes aureum—California Native Landscape Plants

Ribes aureum - Golden Currant - California Supplemental Exam for Landscape Architects

Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)—California Native Landscape Plants Golden currant (Ribes aureum) is a 3 feet to 6 feet short deciduous flowering shrub native to California. The flowers range in color from soft to bright yellow and have a pleasing fragrance. Ribes

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California Native Groundcovers For Coastal California

Arctostaphyllos 'Pacific Mist'. Photo by Mathesont/Flickr. Creative Commons License.

California Native Groundcovers For Coastal California Groundcover plantings are a useful design tool for landscape architects. When properly used, groundcovers tie disparate elements together, create visual unity, and suppress weeds. Native Plants For Groundcovers Native plants also create wildlife habitat

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WUCOLS Made Easy

A New Tool Lets You Quickly Find The Water Use Requirement for California Landscape Plants California laws and regulations require all new planting plans to be designed using hydrozones. All plants in a hydrozone must have the same or similar

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What Experienced Landscape Architect’s Need To Know To Pass The California Supplemental Exam

What Experienced Landscape Architect’s Need To Know To Pass The California Supplemental Exam Most landscape architect candidates who take the California Supplemental Exam for landscape architects are seeking their first license. However, experienced landscape architects who are licensed in another

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Invasive Species to Know for the California Supplemental Exam (CSE)

Invasive Species to Know for the California Supplemental Exam Invasive plants are non-native species that infest natural ecosystems.   California’s mild climate is suitable for a lot of plants. Once introduced, these exotic plants survive and spread on their own

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Fruitless Olive Trees for California Landscapes – California Tree Series

Olives Without The Mess: Three Fruitless Olives for California Landscapes Nothing evokes the romance of the Mediterranean like majestic olive trees. Their gray-green foliage and gnarled trunks are living sculptures in the garden. Olive trees are widely used in Spanish,

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California Turf for the California Supplemental Exam

Know Your California Turf for the California Supplemental Exam Turf is a common design element in many California landscape designs. Landscape architects can specify many kinds of turfgrass for their projects. Picking the right grass can ensure a successful project

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Fern + Pine = Podocarpus? California Tree Series

Fern + Pine = Podocarpus? California Tree Series Fern pine is the common name for plant that is neither a fern nor a pine. Other common names for Podocarpus gracilior are Podocarpus, African fern pine, and yew pine. Podocarpus gracilor

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What’s a Zelkova? California Tree Series

What’s A Zelkova? Zelkova, Japanese zelkova—Zelkova serrata Japanese zelkova is a deciduous shade tree or street tree that grows well in many parts of California. After Dutch elm disease wiped out most of the majestic American elms, landscape architects began

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Do You Want to Pass the CSE?

You are in the right place. Learn what you need to pass the California Supplemental Exam for landscape architects the first time. This site is dedicated to aspiring landscape architects who want to get a California landscape architect license. I'll share my research for the CSE as I prepare for the exam.

Feel free to submit a question and I'll do my best to answer it here.

Good luck,
John

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