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Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)

Steve Hinkson sphinkson at worldnet.att.net
Fri Jul 9 17:02:48 EST 1999

You're right.  A clone is any genetically identical plant.  One of the most
common ways of cloning woody plants is by grafting, as the scion starts out
with a complete set of roots.  I guess it would only be a clone from the graft
up, but as the top portion of the stock plant is usually removed, as in
commercially grown roses, at least the visible part is a true clone.

A cultivar is a selected plant from a grex ( a grex being, all the seedlings
from a particular cross )  when you make a cross, the seedlings are usually
quite variable, but if you get a special one, you may propagate it, and give it
a cultivar name.  In my case, I do roses, coleus, and Hippeastrum.  To clone a
cultivar, vegetative propagation must be used, as they rarely breed true.

Rod Craddock wrote:

> Steve Hinkson <sphinkson at worldnet.att.net> wrote in message
> news:378537E6.668904CC at worldnet.att.net...
> > Either method produces a clone.
> > bud grafting is a bit easier than mericloning, for the average soul.
> There seems to be a certain amount of interchangeability (probably
> incorrect) between the terms clone and cultivar. I was under the impression
> that anything vegetatively propagated was a clone of the source plant
> regardless of the method used. Obviously only the scion in the case of a
> budded or grafted plant.
> Rod

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