Why Cultivars are Lost Forever

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Aug 2, 2011.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Driving home I noticed some croton refuse in a trash pile adjacent to the street. I looped around the block and found this Charmer. :mad: Although not rare, it is not all that common either. Very sad to see this old plant's possible demise. Hopefully it was just a hard prune. This croton was unseen in the back yard or I would have noticed before. Could have just as easily been a Miss Colette. :(

    Ironically this yard was an account of mine 17 years ago. :rolleyes:
     

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  2. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    Looks more like an Undulatum AKA Mortimer AKA Piecrust to me...
     
  3. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Peyton - that is a size # 10 Croc for scale. It was definitely a Charmer. Out of color and unfed for years albeit.
     
  4. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    Those ruffled leaf edges sure fooled me...
     
  5. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Sad but true.
     
  6. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Hey, maybe the guy was making room to plant a rare palm, who knows. Lol!
     
  7. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Peyton - here are some close ups of Charmer leaves ... :)

    You can see the ruffled leaf edges that are found on Charmer. I believe that Charmer is more cold tolerant than Piecrust from what our friends are saying in the Tampa/St. Petersberg area.

     

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  8. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Moose - I've got both Charmer and Piecrust here in the yard; neither has suffered much at all during the past two winters.
     

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