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 Maybe most dramatic: Leaf-color changes made in a cultivar from green to purple or red can be unpalatable to insects that rely on the plant. Margaret Roach, New York Times, "How (and Why) to Use Native Plants," 15 May 2020 In the right conditions, some cultivars can live more than 100 years. Johanna Silver, Better Homes & Gardens, "More Than 1,000 Peonies Fill This Colorful Midwestern Garden," 8 Apr. 2020 Plus, pay close attention to scientific names in italics as there may be a mind-boggling array of cultivar varieties. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Don't plant these 10 invasive species in your yard: tiger lilies, burning bush and more," 7 May 2020 Most of the 31 cultivars of Encore azaleas will be available at retail garden centers this spring. Jane Borden, Southern Living, "Meet the Man Behind the South's Iconic Encore Azalea," 9 Apr. 2020 Things started innocently enough: a few cultivars the first year, a few more the next. Johanna Silver, Better Homes & Gardens, "More Than 1,000 Peonies Fill This Colorful Midwestern Garden," 8 Apr. 2020 Dwarf and compact cultivars are best, especially for smaller pots. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Schlumbergerahybrids and cultivars have distinctly pointed projections on the leaves and bloom near Thanksgiving. oregonlive, "Blooming houseplants make beautiful last-minute gifts," 21 Dec. 2019 The native winterberry, which grows in moist, acid soil at the edge of bogs, is a large shrub, but cultivars are widely available in a range of sizes. Beth Botts,, "How to grow holly for the winter holidays even in the Midwest," 7 Dec. 2019

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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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6 Jun 2020

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“Cultivar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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