Jessica Lubell-Brand

Professor of Horticulture

Associate Professor
University of Connecticut
1390 Storrs, Rd. Unit 4163
Department of Plant Science
Agricultural Biotechnology Lab
Storrs, CT 06269-4163
Telephone: 860.486.1487
Fax: 860.486.0682


Ph.D.  2008,  University of Connecticut
M.S.    2004,  University of Connecticut
B.A.    1999,   University of Rochester


SPSS 3660(W)/SAPL 660, Nursery Production
SPSS 1120/SAPL 120, Introduction to Plant Science

Research/Extension Projects

Industrial Hemp

My industrial hemp research, in collaboration with Mark Brand, is focused on optimizing tissue culture micropropagation, development and evaluation of feminized seed for production, and ploidy breeding for the development of new and improved industrial hemp germ plasm.

Novel native shrubs as replacements for invasive plants

There is increased interest in using native plant alternatives to invasive species for landscaping.  While some native plants are commonly used, others with ornamental potential have yet to be developed. My research program is focused on the identification and development of novel native species as landscape plants to broaden the palette of native plants available to consumers. Some ornamental native species that I am interested in are Comptonia peregrina (Sweetfern), Corylus cornuta (Beaked filbert), Leucothoe racemosa (Sweetbells), Myrica gale (Sweetgale), Prunus pumila var.depressa (Eastern sandcherry), Rhus copallina (Shining sumac) and Spirea tomentosa (Steeplebush). These species exhibit wide adaptability in natural settings making them prime candidates for development as native landscape plant alternatives for difficult sites. I am evaluating these plants for t heir adaptability to different landscape sites and conducting research to optimize crop production protocols for these species.

Out of the swamp and
into the parking lot
Virginia Rose. (Rosa virginiana)
Optimizing nursery
production of
native hazelnuts.
Shattering buttonbush fruits
produce an
ocean of seeds.
(Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Fact Sheets


Griffith Gardner, JA., JD Lubell, MH Brand. 2019. Propagation of Comptonia peregrina L. from stem cutting. HortScience 54: 1-3

Lubell JD. and MH Brand. 2018. Foliar sprays of silver thiosulfate produce male flowers on femal hemp plants. HortTechnology 28:743-747.

Lubell JD. and MH Brand. 2018. Softwood cutting propagation and micropropagation of deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum). Native Plants Journal 19:216-223.

Lubell, JD. B Connolly and KN Jones. 2017. Ten-year persistence of native plant species on a green roof in Northeast US. Native Plants Journal 18(3): 227-234.

Lubell, JD. and MH Brand. 2017. Flower color, color stability, and flower longevity in red-flowered elepidote rhododendrons. HortTechnology 27(5):607-610.

Lubell, JD. And JA Griffith Gardner. 2017. Production of three eastern U.S. Native shrubs: Effects of auxin concentration on rooting and shade level on container plant growth. NortTechnology 27(3):375-381.

Lubell, JD. 2016. What’s holding back the natuve shrub market? International Plant Propagator’s Society 66:209-214.

Lubell, JD. and P. Shrestha. 2016. Optimizing container production of American fly honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis), beaked filbert (Corylus cornuta), and maple leaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium). Native Plants Journal. 17(1):39-46.
Shrestha P and JD Lubell. 2015. Suitability of eight northeastern U.S. native shrubs as replacements for invasive plants in a difficult landscape site with white-tailed deer pressure. HortTechnology. 25(2): 171 – 176.
Lubell JD. 2014. Corylus americana ‘Little Filly’. Journal of Environmental Horticulture. 32(1): 49-50
Lubell JD. Barker KJ and Elliott GC. 2013. Comparison of organic and synthetic fertilizers for sedum green roof maintenance. Journal of Environmental Horticulture. 31(4): 227-233
Cartabiano JA and Lubell JD. 2013. Propagation of four underused native species from softwood cuttings. HortScience. 48(8):1018-1020
Lubell JD. 2013. Evaluating landscape performance of six native shrubs as alternatives to invasive exotics. HortTechnology. 23(1):119-125.
Brand MH, Lubell JD. Lehrer JM. 2012. Fecundity of winged euonymus cultivars and their ability to invade different natural environments. HortScience. 47(8): 1029-1033
Barker KJ, Lubell JD. 2012. Effects of species proportions and fertility on sedum green roof modules. HortTechnology. 22(2): 196-200
Lubell JD. 2011. From the wild to the landscape: Developing adaptable native shrubs for the green industry. Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association Magazine.
Lubell JD, Brand MH and Lehrer JM. 2011. Susceptibility of eastern ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius (L.) Maxim.) cultivars to powdery mildew. Journal of Environmental Horticulture. 29(3): 105-107
Lubell, JD and Brand MH. 2011. Propagation medium influences success of sweet fern [Comptonis peregrina (L.) Coult.] rhizome cuttings. Propagation of Ornamental Plants. Submitted. 11(1): 47-49
Lubell JD and Brand MH. 2010. Germination, growth and survival of Berberis thunbergii DC. (Berberidaceae) andBerberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea in five natural environments. Biological Invasions. 13: 135-141
Lubell JD. 2010. Sweet fern rhizome cutting success is influenced by propagation medium. Combined Proceedings of the International Plant Propagators Society. 60: 384-385
Lubell JD, Brand MH and Lehrer JM. 2009. Amplified fragment length polymorphism and parentage analysis of a feral barberry (Berberis thunbergii DC.) population to determine the contribution of an ornamental landscape genotype. HortScience. 44(2): 392-395.
Lehrer JM, Brand MH and Lubell JD. 2008. Induction of tetraploidy in meristematically active seeds of Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea) through exposure to colchicines and oryzalin. Scientia Horticulturae. 119: 67-71.  Article link
Lubell JD, Brand MH  and Lehrer JM. Detecting the influence of Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea in invasive populations of Berberis thunbergii DC. (Berberidaceae) using AFLP.   American Journal of Botany. 95(6): 1-7.  Article link
Lubell JD, Brand MH  and Lehrer JM. 2008. AFLP identification of Berberis thunbergii cultivars, inter-specific hybrids, and their parental species. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology.  83(1): 55-63   Article link
Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-1487
Office LocationABL 220E