Plant Evaluation Program for Nursery Crops and Landscape Systems by the Southern Extension and Research Activities/Information Exchange Group-27

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  • 1 University of Kentucky Research and Education Center, P.O. Box 469, Princeton, KY 42445.
  • | 2 USDA, ARS, Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110.
  • | 3 Texas A&M University, Department of Horticulture Sciences, College Station, TX 778743.
  • | 4 Auburn University, Department of Horticulture, 101 Funchess Hall, Auburn, AL 36849.
  • | 5 Uinversity of Florida, North Florida Research and Education Center, 30 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351.
  • | 6 University of Tennessee, Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design, P.O. Box 1071, Knoxville, TN 37901.
  • | 7 Mississippi State University, South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station, P.O. Box 193, Poplarville, MS 39470.
  • | 8 U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002.
  • | 9 University of Tennessee, Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design, 252 Ellington Plant Science Building, Knoxville, TN 37996.
  • | 10 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Horticulture, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
  • | 11 University of Georgia, Department of Horticulture, Coastal Plain Station, Tifton, GA 31793.
  • | 12 University of Florida, Environmental Horticulture Department, 1445 Fifield Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611.
  • | 13 North Carolina State University, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 2016 Fanning Bridge Road, NC 28732.
  • | 14 University of Florida, Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, 2725 Binion Road, Apopka, FL 32703.
  • | 15 University of Arkansas, Horticulture Department, Plant Science Building 316, Fayettevillle, AR 72701.
  • | 16 Louisiana State University, Department of Horticulture, 137 J. C. Miller Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.
  • | 17 Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, P.O. Box 25100, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70894.
  • | 18 Oklahoma State University, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department, 360 AG Hall, Stillwater, OK 74076.

The Southern Extension and Research Activities/Information Exchange Group-27 (SERA/IEG-27) is sponsored by the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors. Thirteen universities and the U.S. National Arboretum cooperate with official representatives from extension and research programs. The objective of the group is to identify, evaluate, select, and disseminate information on superior, environmentally sustainable, landscape plants for nursery crop production and landscape systems in the southeastern U.S. Plants are distributed to members responding to a request from cooperators for plant evaluation. Those who agree to cooperate are expected to grow the selected liner to landscape size, then transplant it in a landscape setting. The plant is rated for insect, disease, and cold damage, heat stress, growth rate, ornamental flowering and fruiting, fall color, commercial production potential, landscape potential, invasiveness potential, and insect disease transmission potential. Growth rate is evaluated annually by recording plant height and width. Initial bloom date is reported followed by bloom duration in days. Following evaluation, the group collectively and individually disseminates information gained from the plant evaluation system to a wide variety of audiences.