cul·​ti·​var | \ ˈkəl-tə-ˌvär How to pronounce cultivar (audio) , -ˌver \

Definition of cultivar

: an organism and especially one of an agricultural or horticultural variety or strain originating and persistent under cultivation

Examples of cultivar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Powdery mildew is a common disease on phlox — ‘David’ is a phlox cultivar that is resistant to powdery mildew. Tim Johnson,, "Haunted by last year’s garden fails? Here are common mistakes with shade, soil and plant selection to avoid this spring," 24 Apr. 2021 In the late 1800s, Carl Fritze, a German immigrant and caretaker of the village graveyard, raised Parma violets, an exotic and imported cultivar, in his private nursery. Mike Klingaman,, "Violetville is a snug, sequestered slice of southwest Baltimore whose residents make their own entertainment," 15 Apr. 2021 The ‘Six Hills Giant’ cultivar is a good choice for covering large areas. oregonlive, "First-time gardener has a sunny, warm spot all ready to go. Now what? Ask an expert," 27 Mar. 2021 In her garden, Ms. Palmer mixes the cultivar with similarly pallid species such as milky Sally Holmes roses and white Japanese anemones. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Spring’s Most Coveted Flowers? Pale Dahlias for the Garden," 24 Mar. 2021 Spacing needs vary depending on mature size of the cultivar. Lauren Dunec Hoang, Better Homes & Gardens, "Expert Tips for Growing and Designing With Beautiful Boxwood," 25 Feb. 2021 Native shade trees recommended for planting in Northeast Ohio include Tulip Trees, Black Gum, Bur Oak, the Princeton cultivar of American Elm, which is resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, Swamp White Oak, Kentucky Coffeetree and American Hophornbeam. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Holden Arboretum launches People for Trees campaign to green up balding patches of Cleveland, Northeast Ohio," 25 Feb. 2021 The species, cultivar, age, microclimate and level of protection offered each plant will surely play a role in its ability to weather the storm. Daniel Cunningham, Dallas News, "Will your plants survive? How to assess your North Texas landscape after deep freeze," 24 Feb. 2021 The frequency and severity of winter damage is determined by a number of factors that include the plant species or cultivar involved, the planting location and conditions under which the plant is grown. Tim Johnson,, "Burlap screens can help protect evergreens from winter, but watering matters more," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cultivar

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cultivar

cultivated + variety

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30 Apr 2021

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“Cultivar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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