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March- Eucalyptus: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  • Mon, March 09, 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds


  • Pay at meeting check-in

Dr. Matt Ritter

Eucalyptus: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Dr. Matt Ritter returns to with an engaging and entertaining talk on Eucalyptus. Eucalypts are the most recognizable and controversial non-native trees in California. In the regions where they are conspicuous landscape features, they are either admired as aesthetically valuable heritage trees and monarch butterfly habitat, or demonized as America’s largest weeds. Matt Ritter will explore the history, ecology, and uses of eucalypts in California landscapes and survey appropriate small, drought tolerant species. Join him for an in depth look at this fascinating and misunderstood group of trees.

Matt Ritter is a professor in the Biology Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and director of the plant conservatory there. He is vice president of the San Luis Obispo Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. He has authored numerous scientific papers and botanical treatments, including the second edition of the Jepson Manual, the Flora of North America Project, and a natural history guide to San Luis Obispo’s native plants. He also is the author of A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us, the state’s most popular natural history guide to the urban forest. He holds a Kenan Fellowship at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, is the chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Tree Committee, and is editor-in-chief of Madroño, the journal of the California Botanical Society.

The presentation starts at 6:45

Members free 
Guests $15
Parking free for everyone

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