Next Tree Mob™ -
6:00pm, August 19, 2015

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Maple Diversity

Maples are economically and horticulturally important plants, but they are also taxonomically problematic. Jianhua Li, former research scientist at the Arnold Arboretum and now Associate Professor of Biology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, studies the phylogeny and biogeography of woody plants. This summer he has spent time in the Arboretum’s maple collection as a Sargent Fellow, teasing apart plant groups within the Sapindaceae. His research will help define natural groups and trace the evolutionary pathways of important features, such as fall foliage in maples, gene duplication and chromosome doubling in some species, as well as help identify cultivar parentage. Join us at Acc. #213-91*A at 6:00pm on Wednesday, August 19 to learn about similarities and differences among the maples.

Parking: Park along the Arborway and enter the Arboretum through the Arborway or Forest Hills Gate. Follow signs on Willow Path to the designated meeting location.

Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Exit the station at the upper level to cross South Street. Walk uphill, parallel to the exit ramp, to the Forest Hills Gate. Follow signs along Willow Path to the designated meeting location.

Join us for a Tree Mob™!

What’s a Tree Mob™?

Tree Mobs are interactions with scientists or other specialists at the Arnold Arboretum, and provide another pathway to enjoy and learn in the landscape. Experts share little-known facts about our living plant collection, its relevance today, and its importance to future generations. A Tree Mob may attract a small group or a large gathering—we won’t know until it takes place. Join us in the landscape and discover something new.

What can I expect?

Plan to spend approximately 30 minutes learning about an interesting component of our collection. You can then continue your exploration of the Arnold Arboretum on your own. Tree Mobs are time, date, and location specific.

How does it work?

We will communicate about Tree Mobs by various means (see below). Using mobile technologies, such as a smartphone with location-awareness enabled, you will be able to navigate to the event location. You can also view and print a map we will provide with the day’s Tree Mob location on our website. With directions in hand, proceed to the designated meeting place to participate in our experiment for spontaneous learning.

How can I be notified?

  • Link to Tree Mob on your mobile device.
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