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Native plants are playing an increasing role in sustainable landscapes that use fewer resources such as water and fertilizer. Unfortunately, many native plants are not available in the nursery trade, or if they are available they may only be found as seedling plants grown for the reclamation industry. Such plants are high quality and have a valuable role in the reclamation of disturbed sites such as fire-damaged areas. But, these plants by design are genetically diverse and have not been selected for typical horticultural traits such as flowering or fall color. In addition, plants produced for reclamation are usually not grown to the sizes desired in the nursery trade. The first step in producing native plants with greater application in the landscape industry is to propagate or reproduce exceptional selections of these plants.

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