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Lilacs ( Syringa sp.) have been used as hardy ornamental plants by humans throughout history because of their showy, fragrant flowers and winterhardiness ( Dirr, 2009 ; Juntheikki-Palovaara et al., 2013 ). Lilacs are an economically important

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The popularity of ornamental grasses for use in urban landscapes, parks, median strips, parking lot borders, and for erosion control on slopes has increased in recent years ( Loram et al., 2008 ; Wilson and Knox, 2006 ). This increase is partially

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)]. Peaches with showy flowers having extra petals have been used as ornamentals for centuries, often in combination with novel growth forms like upright, weeping and/or dwarf ( Hedrick, 1917 ; Hu et al., 2005 ; Lammerts, 1945 ). These “double

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Cercis canadensis , a leguminous tree, is native to North America and cultivated widely as an ornamental. Flowers emerge directly from the stem or trunk before the leaves early in the spring. Petal colors range from purple to pink to red or white. A

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; Kotoda et al., 2006 ). Genes such as TFL1 that regulate shoot meristem identity are targets for the improvement of woody ornamental plants by molecular breeding. Repetitive blooming is a valuable trait for woody ornamentals as shown by the commercial

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High N fertilization reduced percent infection by Glomus spp. (Glomus fasciculatus (Thaxter Gerd. & Trappe and G. mossae (Nich. and Gerd.) & Trappe) endomycorrhizae on inoculated Podocarpus macrophyllus Thunb., Pittosporum tobira Thunb., and Rhododendron simsii Planch. plants. Inoculation with Glomus spp. benefited growth of the 3 woody plant species even at high levels of fertilization (1250 N, 1250 K and 230 Mg kg/ha·yr−1) although leaf nutrients levels showed little difference from noninoculated plants.

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Flowering cherries are one of the most popular ornamental trees with high horticultural value. They are widely planted for street, commercial, and residential landscapes, and cherry blossoms herald spring’s arrival every year. Among the hundreds of

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Hibiscus , a genus in the Malvaceae family, contains ≈300 species of trees, shrubs, and herbs with various growth habits. Due to their impressive flowers and long flowering season, many Hibiscus species have been used as ornamental plants. Most

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‘Admiral Dewey’ landed in this group as would be expected based on the old origin of ‘Dewey’. Several cultivars in this group are ornamentals, including ‘MacDonald’, ‘Helen Borchers’, and ‘White English’, or have ornamental maternal ancestors such as

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an important ornamental crop that has been called the “king of flowers” in China and is cultivated worldwide ( Wister, 1962 ). Because of its striking ornamental value, tree peony has contributed tremendously to gardens during its 1600-year history of

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