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[kuhl-tuh-vahr, -ver] /ˈkʌl təˌvɑr, -vər/
a variety of plant that originated and persisted under cultivation.
Origin of cultivar
1920-25; blend of cultivated and variety Unabridged
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  • But there are side shoots or suckers at the base of the main stalk, which can be removed and replanted to continue the cultivar.
  • We cannot develop a cultivar only for one specific trait.
  • The best way to select a cultivar that appeals is to visit a nursery when the trees are in full bloom and make the selection.
  • If you want a hardy cultivar, look for the largest plants in the collection which have survived many winters in the ground.
British Dictionary definitions for cultivar


a variety of a plant that was produced from a natural species and is maintained by cultivation
Word Origin
C20: from culti(vated) + var(iety)
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Word Origin and History for cultivar

1923, from culti(vated) var(iety), coined by U.S. horticulturalist Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954) in "Gentes Herbarum."

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cultivar in Science
  (kŭl'tə-vär', -vâr')   
A variety of a plant that has been created or selected intentionally and maintained through cultivation.
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