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UF Research Highlights

University of Florida contributes exciting and innovative research to the plant community throughout the world. Keep up to date with what solutions are being provided for the Green Industry and Master Gardeners.

New Cultivar Releases

UF has the largest academic contingency of plant breeders in the US. Our scientists develop varieties that are more Florida-friendly, heat tolerant, and easier to grow. Recent releases include:

Selected New and Updated EDIS Documents

EDIS is the Electronic Data Information Source of UF/IFAS Extension.

EP503 Incorporating Woody Ornamentals into Residential Landscapes to Reduce Nutrient Leaching
Urban landscapes in Florida are typically dominated by turfgrass monoculture, with ornamental landscape plants comprising only a small portion of the landscape. Incorporating more woody ornamentals into your landscape can reduce fertilization and irrigation demand and help reduce nutrient leaching losses from your yard—a combination that will help protect Florida's water resources. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Drew C. McLean, Andrew K. Koeser, Amy L Shober, Zhixuan Qin, Gitta Hasing, and Richard C. Beeson, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, July 2014.

EP500 Smooth-bark Mexican Pine (Pinus pseudostrobus)
This beautiful pine is distinguished by long, pendulous needles that form a graceful, open evergreen conifer. The slender needles are up to 12 inches long in groups (fascicles) of five. In its native environment, smooth-bark Mexican pine is considered fast growing, and can reach more than 120 feet tall and about 60 feet wide. This 2-page fact sheet was written by Gary W. Knox, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, June 2014.

EP108 Demonstration Gardens in the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service
UF/IFAS Extension supports a network of demonstration gardens throughout the state. These gardens showcase plants and practices appropriate for their locations and are open to the community free of charge. Learning opportunities abound for home gardeners and landscape professionals on design, planting, and maintenance procedures. The gardens typically have interpretative materials available, including signs, brochures, and self-guided tours. Many are sites for gardening festivals, workshops, and plant sales. This 27-page directory was written by Sydney Park Brown, Kim Taylor, and Emily Eubanks, and originally published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture June 2002. Revised October 2010. Reviewed June 2014.

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