Native woody plants with ornamental characteristics such as brilliant fall color, dwarf form, or glossy leaves have potential for use in water conserving urban landscapes. Individual accessions with one or more of these unique characteristics were identified based on the recommendations of a wide range of plant enthusiasts (both professional and amateur). Documentation of these accessions has been done through locating plants on-site where possible and then developing a record based on digital photography, GPS determined latitude and longitude, and place marking of Google Earth© images. Since desirable characteristics are often unique to a single plant, utilization of these plants by the landscape industry requires that they be clonally propagated. Methods of asexual propagation including grafting, budding, layering and cuttings may be successful with native plants, but are species and even accession specific. We report on the successful cutting propagation of Arctostaphylos patula, A. pungens, and Cercocarpus intricatus, and lack of success with Juniperus osteosperma, and Mahonia fremontii.
Rupp, Larry A.; Varga, William A.; and Anderson, David
"Selection and Vegetative Propagation of Native Woody Plants for Water-Wise Landscaping,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 17, Article 28.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol17/iss1/28