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Research Project: Taxonomy of Landscape Trees and Shrubs

Location: Floral and Nursery Plants Research

Title: International registration of cultivar names for unassigned woody genera March 2013 - November 2016

Author
item Lura, Stefan
item Whittemore, Alan

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/11/2018
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Accurate naming of plants in the marketplace is important to producers and consumers alike. Misnamed plant material may not have the characteristics that consumers expect to receive, and misunderstanding or misapplication of names can result in wasted investment by growers and loss of confidence by consumers. The U.S. National Arboretum staff works in collaboration with the American Public Gardens Association to register names of new nursery trees and shrubs; this publication provides information on new woody plants that have been released to the trade in the past several years. This publication will ensure that horticulturists are aware of recent releases, that names in use are well-founded and their application is clearly defined, and that information on their origins and characteristics are available to horticulturists. This information will be used by both academic and commercial horticulturists to ensure that plant names are applied in an accurate and consistent manner.

Technical Abstract: Accurate cultivar nomenclature is important in all areas of horticulture, since plant material is normally recorded, tracked, and distributed by its name. Misnamed plant material may not have the characteristics that consumers expect, and inconsistent or mistaken application of cultivar names can result in wasted investment by growers and loss of confidence by consumers. The U.S. National Arboretum serves as the Registrar for Unassigned Woody Plants, in collaboration with the American Public Gardens Association to register cultivar names for new releases and clarify the correct application of established names for many genera of nursery trees and shrubs. This publication provides information on new cultivar registrations for many genera of woody plants that have been made over the past several years. This publication will ensure that horticulturists are aware of recent releases, that names in use are well founded and their application is clearly defined, and that information on their origins and characteristics are available to horticulturists. This information will be used by both academic and commercial horticulturists to ensure that plant names are applied in an accurate and consistent manner.