Keith Hanks's hybrids

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  1. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    I was at Keith's place a day or two ago and was admiring the beautiful hybrids he has created over the years. I had to take some photos to show the forum, but I've got to say that none of these do the plants justice. You've really got to see them in person to appreciate the nuances. Keith has had the luck of getting many interrupted hybrids. He must have some interrupted stud or madam amongst his many plants that is extremely prolific. Here are a few photos to share.

    Cleopatra is already in the wiki, but I wanted to show some detail of what makes Cleopatra so special. Maybe there are others, but I have not seen a croton that interrupts on an oak leaf. Cleopatra likes to do this, but not only that, it interrupts in several ways. I hope you can appreciate a couple from these photos:

    Cleopatra-Keith.JPG Cleopatra-3.JPG Cleopatra-Hanks.JPG
     
  2. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    One of my favorites is a hybrid Keith named after his niece, Tonya Hanks. Unfortunately, Tonya lost her battle with breast cancer, but has this beautiful plant to remember her by. Tonya Hanks interrupts at almost every leaf, giving her a remarkably delicate, wispy appearance. The backs of the leaves have a pink/red blush that stands out against the green/cream and yellow fronts.


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  3. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Eden is a high-contrast plant. Bold, bright yellow, orange and red on a semi-oak leaf with patterns of very small to very large polka dots. The kind of plant you'd expect to come across in... you guessed it... The Garden of Eden.


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  4. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Tye Dye-Keith.JPG Tye Dye-Hanks.jpg Tye Dye-3.jpg Tye Dye-4.JPG
    Tye Dye is also in the wiki, but I felt we needed to have more photos to show its true character. This is one fickle plant. Tye Dye doesn't know what kind of leaf shape it wants to have, so it just tries almost all the leaf shapes. I have several photos of this one so you can try to find as many shapes as you can. Now, you may just want to focus on the gorgeous rose pink color instead, because that would be reason enough to covet this plant. Another of my favorites.
     
  5. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Utopia. A nice, oak-leaf with a generous amount of orange veining and marbling.


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  6. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Aphrodite-Hanks.JPG Aphrodite-Keith.jpg
    Aphrodite is another versatile semi-oak featuring yellows, oranges and finally pinks. The color is sometimes suffused, sometimes marbled, and sometimes comes in small or large polka dots. Beautiful plant not captured by my photos.
     
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  7. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Shogun is a Stoplight seedling. You can see the Stoplight influence in the shape and color of the leaves. However, it's got this cute little upturned thing going on at the tips of the leaves- sort of cobra-style.


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  8. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Serengeti is another interrupted leaf croton which interrupts at different points of the leaf. Very colorful and also delicate.


    Serengeti-Keith.JPG Serengeti-Hanks.JPG
     
  9. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Freak Show-Hanks.jpg Freak Show-3.JPG Freak Show-Keith.jpg
    Last for tonight, but definitely not least is one Keith named Freak Show. Now this does not seem fair to this strikingly beautiful plant. What was he thinking? This beauty interrupts a whole, whole lot and has bright yellow and red coloration, background ages to black. Gorgeous.

    That's it for tonight, but let me tell you that Keith has many, many un-named hybrids I plan on photographing some other time. Stay tuned.
     
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  10. kwtimo

    kwtimo Well-Known Member

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    Wow! Keith, thanks for your work. I could imagine some of these looking really super in the Keys. Anna, thank you for posting these pics and exposing us to Keith's sweet crotons. Keith, my "Titan" you gave me is cruising right along, I'm expecting some nice growth out of it this year. I'll post a pic on this thread later.
     
  11. Perry Edge

    Perry Edge Active Member

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    Keith's fabulous collection has been well hydrated by other people drooling all over his plants.
     
  12. bahadawn

    bahadawn Active Member

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    The interrupted leafed variety is a favorite of mine. Never have seen the oak leaf interrupted - that Cleopatra is VERY cool. Tye Dye is quite beautiful with the pinks and many different leaf shapes. Thanks, Ana for posting these pics. Mr. Keith Hanks - I applaud you for these stunning hybrids!
     
  13. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    Nice work Keith! You've created some magnificent plants. Thanks for the pics Ana.
     
  14. Jerry Shilling

    Jerry Shilling Well-Known Member

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    Neat stuff Keith - I just have to make time to get up that way. Thanks Ana!
     
  15. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    It's been a long time in getting these photos out for all of you to see these great plants. Keith, if you're out there, we'll have to get together again soon to take photos of your un-named seedlings!
     
  16. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    Looking great Keith,I knew that I should have kept bidding on the Tie Dye that was at the last auction :)
     
  17. keith

    keith Active Member

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    Mike, I didnt have a Tie Dye at the last auction. Tonya Hanks is one hybrid that I will be giving out now, Tim, I have one for you. Key West is the last vacation we spent together before she passed. Thank you Ana for posting these pictures.
     
  18. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    It was a pleasure, Keith. Glad to let these folks see your beautiful creations.:D
     
  19. pocomo

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    Nice job Anna. Keith are you still breeding crotons or is it cordylines now? I have a nice piece of your Cameo.
     
  20. keith

    keith Active Member

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    Chris, I only work with crotons. I did buy 400 different cordylines awhile back from Hawaii- - like I need to collect anything else! [cameo is not my hybrid ]
     
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    Good to hear you're still working with crotons. Well I did get the Cameo from you. Thought it was yours.
     
  22. Moose

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    Should have seen the huge Pretty Bird that Jose displayed at the Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society Show. :GardenLove It was amazing, alas I did not bring my camera.

    Keith, is Pretty Bird your hybrid? :MeanWeed Its not seen on this coast very often. :(
     
  23. keith

    keith Active Member

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    Pretty Bird, and Three Toes wre hybrids of Steve in Ft.Myers. He is no longer into crotons
     
  24. Perry Edge

    Perry Edge Active Member

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    We had a Society meeting at Keith's place. Here are some photos...I wouldn't attempt to identify some of them:
     

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  25. Perry Edge

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    Here's some more: by the way, the meeting was held in August, 2008
     

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  26. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Wow, Perry, those are amazing photos of beautiful plants. We've got to get Keith to id them. I love those pinks in the first post. That first one in the second post might be Victory? We've got to find out.
     
  27. Moose

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    Wish some of the winners made their way to the Plantation Garden Tour. :FastGrow
     
  28. Moose

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    Keith - what is the origin of Titan ?
     
  29. kwtimo

    kwtimo Well-Known Member

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    Here's Tonya Hanks with a whole lot of seed on it. I'm looking forward to seeing what they turn into down the road. Thanks again Keith. CAM01020.jpg
     
  30. keith

    keith Active Member

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    Tim, hope you get some neat plants out of those seeds. Ron, Titan is a plant that came from John Bender. Ive had it many years and no one could give me a name, so I call it Titan. It gets huge leaves with a strange shape. awesome plant.
     

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