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.