Dr. Jason Lattier
Jason Lattier
Dr. Lattier is Director of the Caine Conservatory in the Wanek School of Natural Sciences at High Point University. Before moving to High Point, Dr. Lattier completed his Ph.D. in Horticulture at Oregon State University and a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit of the U.S. National Arboretum. Dr. Lattier’s research interests focus on plant breeding and genetics of ornamental plants. In addition to his education, Dr. Lattier has extensive experience working in public gardens and conservatories around the world. Some of the highlights of his career include internships at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, the Nectandra Institute in Costa Rica, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and the world’s largest conservatories at the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. Throughout his career, Jason has developed a passion for horticulture, for botanical research, for teaching, and for sharing new and interesting plants with world.

Lattier, J.D. and R.N. Contreras. 2021. Flower forms and ploidy levels impact fertility in Althea. Manuscript Submitted for Publication.

Lattier, J.D., H.E. Ballard, M. Kramer, and M.R. Pooler. 2021. Genome size, ploidy levels, and genetic diversity of Corylopsis germplasm collections. Manuscript Submitted for Publication.

Hoskins, T.C., J.D. Lattier, and R.N. Contreras.  2020.  Sowing green seed without stratification does not shorten juvenility or increase plant size in common lilac (Syringa vulgaris).  HortScience 55(11):1781-1787.

Lattier, J.D. and R.N. Contreras. 2020. Segregation of flower color and eyespot in althea. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 145(4)215-227.

Chen, H., J.D. Lattier, K. Vining, and R.N. Contreras. 2020. Two SNP markers identified using GBS are associated with remontancy in a segregating F1 population of Syringa meyeri ‘Palabin’ × S. pubescens ‘Penda’ Bloomerang®. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 145(2):104-109.

Lattier, J.D., H. Chen, and R.N. Contreras. 2019. Variation in genome size, ploidy, and rDNA copy number in althea (Hibiscus syriacus L.). J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 144(2):130-140.

Lattier, J. 2017. Breeding and Genetics of Lilacs and Hardy Hibiscus. Ph.D. Dissertation, Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Schulze, J.A., J.D. Lattier, and R.N. Contreras. 2017. In vitro germination of immature Prunus lusitanica seed. HortScience 52:1122-1124.

Lattier, J.D. and R.N. Contreras. 2017. Ploidy, genome size, and interploid hybridization in lilac. Journal of the American Society of Horticultural Science 142:355-366.

Lattier, J.D. and R.N. Contreras. 2017. Intraspecific, interspecific, and interseries cross-compatibility in lilac. Journal of the American Society of Horticultural Science 142:279-288.

Lattier, J.D., H. Chen, and R.N. Contreras. 2017. Improved method of enzyme digestion for root tip cytology. HortScience 52: 1029-1032.

Lattier, J.D. and R.N. Contreras. 2016. A tale of two lilacs: Part II – Pubescentes. Digger June: 33-36.

Lattier, J.D. and R.N. Contreras. 2016. A tale of two lilacs: Part I – Syringa. Digger January: 33-36.

Fantz, P., D. Carey, T. Avent, and J. Lattier. 2015.  Inventory, descriptions, and keys to segregation and identification of liriopogons cultivated in the southeastern United States.  HortScience 50(7): 1-37.

Lattier, J.D., D.H. Touchell, and T.G. Ranney. 2014. Micropropagation of the hybrid asian dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’ × Cornus hongkongensis ‘Summer Passion’). Propagation of Ornamental Plants. 14(4): 184-190.

Contreras, R. and J.D. Lattier. 2014. Improving a garden classic: Targeted breeding efforts with rose-of-sharon aim for new combinations of form and color. Digger Farwest Edition August: 47-50.

Lattier, J.D., T.G. Ranney, P.R. Fantz, and T. Avent. 2014. Identification, nomenclature, and ploidy levels of Liriope and Ophiopogon taxa. HortScience 49(2): 145-151.

Lattier, J.D. and R.N. Contreras. 2013. Hybridization studies in lilacs (Syringa L.). Proc. 59th Ann. SNA Res. Conf. 59: 229-234.

Contreras, R.N., M. Friddle, and J.D. Lattier. 2013. Relative fertility and ploidy levels of selected rose-of-sharon cultivars. Proc. 58th Ann. SNA Res. Conf. 58: 232-236.

Lattier, J.D., T.G. Ranney, and N.P. Lynch. 2013. History and cytological reassessment of Rhododendron canadense. Journal of the American Rhododendron Society 67(2): 92-98.

Lattier, J.D., D.H. Touchell, T.G. Ranney, and J.C. Smith. 2013. Micropropagation and polyploid induction of Acer platanoides ‘Crimson Sentry’. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 31(4): 246-252.

Lattier, J. 2012. Cytogenetics, micropropagation, and polyploid induction of selected nursery crops. MS Thesis, N.C. State Univ., Raleigh.

Lattier, J.D., D.H. Touchell, and T.G. Ranney. 2012. Micropropagation of Acer platanoides L. ‘Crimson Sentry’. Proc 57th Ann. SNA Res. Conf. 57:296-300.

Taylor, M., E. Leinbach, and J. Lattier. 2010. Somatic embryogenesis and somatic embryo germination of Camellia azalea x Camellia azalea ‘Maiden of Great Promise’. The International Camellia Journal 42:127-130.

Lattier, J.D. and T. Aniśko. 2008. The true colors of ninebark (Part 1). American Nurseryman 208(9):20-27.

Lattier, J.D. and T. Aniśko. The true colors of ninebark (Part 2). American Nurseryman 208(11):36-43.

Lattier, J.D., J.F. Harbage, M. Taylor and A. Petravich. 2008. Embryo rescue of rare Camellia azalea hybrids. The Camellia Yearbook 2008:34-44.

Honors, Awards, and Professional Service

2021 Advisory Committee Member – Burlington Arboretum at Willowbrook Park

2020 Outstanding Cross-Commodity Publication Award (first Author) – ASHS

2019 Advisory Committee Member – Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

2018 Secretary – Ornamental Plant Breeding Professional Interest Group – ASHS

2016 George L. Crookham Memorial Scholarship – Oregon State University

2015 Outstanding Ornamental Publication Award (coauthor) – ASHS

2015 Founding Member and Vice President – Plant Breeding and Genetics Student Assn. (OSU)

2015 Treasurer – Pi Alpha Xi, Alpha Rho Chapter – Oregon State University

2014 Outstanding Ornamental Publication Award (first author) – ASHS

2014 George L. Crookham Memorial Scholarship – Oregon State University

2014 Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture – The Garden Club of America

2013 Vice President – Pi Alpha Xi, Alpha Rho Chapter – Oregon State University

2013 J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Scholarship – J. Frank Schmidt & Sons Co.

2013 ARCO-Swallow Fellowship – Oregon State University

2012 1st Place – NF Childers MS Graduate Student Paper Award, Southern Region – ASHS

2012 2nd Place – MS category of the BL James Research Competition – Southern Nursery Association, Inc.

2012 Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship – Southern Nursery Association, Inc.

2011 Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship – Horticultural Research Institute

2011 The Glenn Goldsmith Breeding Excellence Scholarship – Syngenta Flowers, Inc.

2011 Social Chair – Horticultural Science Graduate Student Association, NCSU

2011 Secretary – Plant Breeding Club, NC State University

2009 Martin F. McLaren Scholar –Garden Club of America / Royal Horticulture Society Fellowship

2007 Four Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum Scholarship – JC Raulston Arboretum