Join James Downer, environmental horticulture/plant pathology advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension for Ventura County in this talk about the Climate Ready Trees project, a study created to identify trees for urban landscapes that will better adapt to conditions brought about by climate change. Downer discusses why the need for a new tree palette is necessary, the various species studied, along with their qualities and pruning issues, and the potential for Madrean oak species in California landscapes.
Dr. James Downer has been the University of California Cooperative Extension Advisor for Ventura County for 37 years, specializing in horticulture and plant pathology. His research focuses on many horticultural subjects including diseases of shade trees and cultural practices to maintain landscape plants. He is a member of several professional societies and is an adjunct professor at California Polytechnic University in Pomona.