Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.02
Liaison Nathan King
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2014
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Virginia Tech
OP-T2-47: Xeriscaping

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Matthew Gart
Campus Landscape Architect
Office of University Planning
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Does the institution use xeriscape landscaping techniques, including the selection of drought tolerant plants?:

A brief description of the program or practice:

In the Virginia Tech Campus Design Principles document, approved by the Board of Visitors in June, 2010, a list of preferred woody plants for use on the Virginia Tech campus is provided that specifies many drought-resistant trees and shrubbery native to the Appalachian Mountain region.

Examples include: Prunus pennsylvanica (Chokecherry); Rhododendron calandulace (Flame Azalea); Rhododendron maximum (Rosebay Rhododendron); Viburnum lentago (Nannyberry); Viburnum prunifolium (Blackhaw); Virbunum trilobum (American Cranberrybush); Xanthoriza simplicissima (Yellowroot); Crataegus viridis (Winter King Hawthorne); Ilex glabra (Inkberry); Ilex verticillata (Inkberry); Fothergilla major (Large Fothergilla); Aronia arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry); Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry); Fothergilla gardenia (Dwarf Fothergilla.)

Plants requiring a lot of water are only planted in areas that have access to naturally occurring water (steam banks, Duck Pond, etc.)

As the campus is not irrigated, and maintenance staffing is limited, plants requiring long term irrigation are generally avoided.

The website URL where information about the program or practice is available:
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