Currant, Flowering ‘Oregon Snowflake’

Summary

 

Technology Description

 

‘Oregon Snowflake’ resulted from a mutation breeding program that treated wild-collected seed with ethylmethane sulfonate (EMS) to induce variation with the goal of developing more compact forms of flowering currant. ‘Oregon Snowflake’ was selected for its highly dissected, lacy foliage that is unique among available flowering currant cultivars. This plant has been serially propagated by stem cuttings over generations and roots readily from softwood cuttings collected late spring to summer. It has been observed to maintain its characteristics through consecutive asexual propagation as well as demonstrate consistency in the field.

 

Features & Benefits

 

  • Highly dissected, lacy foliage
  • Compact, rounded growth habit
  • Dense branching for improved landscaping use

 

Applications

 

  • Intended for landscape use in a commercial and home gardens
  • Its compact growth form makes it particularly desirable for homeowners wishing to grow this Pacific Northwest native species but lack proper spacing to grow larger cultivars

 

 

Patent Information:
Tech ID:
OSU-14-14
Category(s):
Agricultural
Contact:
Denis Sather
Senior IP & Licensing Manager
Oregon State University
541-737-4437
denis.d.sather@oregonstate.edu
Inventors:
Ryan Contreras
Keywords:
Plant Varieties
currant
garden
landscape
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