Tree Mob™! Costs and Benefits of Flowering First

by Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education
July 6, 2015

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Tree Mob™! Costs and Benefits of Flowering First

Some plants, including some dogwoods, magnolias, and redbuds, among others, flower in the spring before they leaf out. Such precocious blooms tap a plant’s resources when it is perhaps least able to supply needed carbon and water. Jessica Savage, PhD, a Putnam Fellow at the Arnold Arboretum, is conducting research to examine carbon transport in plants in conjunction with flowering phenology to better understand why plants bloom when they do. Gather on Thursday, July 9 at 6:00pm at Acc. # 1916-80*A (Cornus kousa) to hear about Jessica’s research questions and techniques she’s applying in the Arboretum’s living collection to compare species with pre- and post-leaf out flowering strategies.

Driving and Parking: The meeting location is about equidistant from the Forest Hills and Bussey Street Gates. It is easiest to park on Bussey Street. The closest gates are South Street and Centre Street Gates, though parking at each is limited.

Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Enter the Arnold Arboretum through the Forest Hills Gate. At the intersection with the ponds, veer left up the gravelled Beech Path. Follow the Tree Mob signs to the Explorers Garden and the flat shoulder of Bussey Hill.

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