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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 42

Micropropagation of Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis L.)

Robert L. Geneve, Sharon T. Kester and S. Yusnita

pp: 417-420


Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) is an important nursery crop native to eastern North America. It is a deciduous small tree in the legume family. Eastern redbud is a variable species with cultivars selected for lavender, pink, or white flowers (Raulston, 1990). In addition, cultivars have been selected for purple (‘Forest Pansy’) and variegated foliage (‘Silver Cloud’). The inherent variability in this species (Robertson, 1976) indicates a potential to select additional traits such as disease resistance and drought tolerance to improve marketability. However, production of cultivars of eastern redbud have been limited because they are difficult to propagate from cuttings or grafts (Dirr and Heuser, 1987). Progress in the propagation of eastern redbud has recently suggested that cutting propagation can be successful for cuttings taken from mature trees during a narrow developmental window during early shoot development (Tipton, 1990) or with cuttings treated with relatively

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