Definition of cultivar
: an organism and especially one of an agricultural or horticultural variety or strain originating and persistent under cultivation
Recent Examples of cultivar from the Web
Over the decades, growers have crossed the tree with others to create new varieties (called cultivars).
The Pensham series of cultivars can take it wet or dry, which makes them ideal for home gardens.
Most edible basils are cultivars of the species Ocimum basilicum.
Most are annuals, but three are perennials: African Blue, African Spice and Ajaka, the latter a new cultivar from Germany that features strong tall growth, bushyness (hence, many useful leaves), enticing aroma and red-purple flowers in late summer.
Some tomato cultivars display leaf rolling as a normal growth habit.
Hostas are easy to grow and should work well to fill in open spaces — mix a variety of cultivars to provide an interesting tapestry of color and texture.
Meanwhile, Li, founder of the New England Invasive Plant Center, is close to filing for a patent for sterile burning bush cultivars.
Three other sterile barberry varieties that are being grown by wholesalers for later sale are a super compact cultivar with yellow foliage, and two compact shrubs, one with yellow and the other with green foliage.
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Origin and Etymology of cultivar
cultivated + variety
First Known Use: 1923See Words from the same year
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