Growth Index and Disease Ratings of 60 Lilac Cultivars in Tennessee

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  • 1 1Univ. of Tennessee, P.O. Box 1071, Knoxville, TN 37901
  • | 2 2Tennessee State Univ.–Nursery Crops Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Sixty accessions of commercially available lilac cultivars were planted May 1994 and immediately placed under drip irrigation and fertilized regularly. Powdery mildew appeared in July 1994 and was rated on a scale of 0 (healthy) to 5 (totally mildewed) in July, August, and September. Mean growth index (GI = cm height + cm mean width) was calculated for each cultivar in Fall 1994 and 1995. Fastest growth (GI = 75 to 45 respectively) occurred in the group including chinensis `Rothomagensis', meyeri `Dwarf Korean', reticulata `Ivory Silk', prestoniae `Isabella', `Mrs. Harvey Bickle', `Excel', `Katherine Havemeyer', `Mme. F. Morel', `Silver King', `Leon Gambetta', `Mount Baker', and microphylla `Superba'. Data will be presented on powdery mildew ratings for the 1995 season.

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