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BIO Web Conf.
Volume 24, 2020
International Conferences “Plant Diversity: Status, Trends, Conservation Concept” 2020
Article Number 00049
Number of page(s) 4
Published online 21 September 2020

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1 Introduction

In the decorative landscaping of Siberia and regions similar to it in severity of climate, a small composition of woody and shrubby plants is used. The introduction of tree species and shrubs that arose in a milder climate and selectively created on their basis is most often unsuccessful here because of their insufficient winter hardiness. Therefore, the use of the genetic resources of native species for this zone, the apportionment of genotypes with original decorative qualities inside them and the creation of varieties based on them that are well adapted to local conditions is undoubtedly an urgent task.

Species of the subgenus Padus of the genus Prunus L. grow in a various of climatic and environmental conditions. The most valuable for our zone is the common bird cherry -Prunus padus L., which grows in the boreal and forest-steppe zones of northern Eurasia, as well as its mountain systems [1], and the North American choke cherry – Prunus virginiana L., growing in similar zones of North America [2]. This species has been successfully introduced in the European part of Russia and Western Siberia.

Bird cherry has the highest frost resistance among representatives of the Plum genus. It grows with a medium-sized tree in moderately humid habitats, spreads in nature by seeds and the growth of fallen branches, and blooms early. Virginia choke cherry grows in drier habitats in the form of a high shrub, spreads by seeds and basal shoots, has more multi-flowered dense and shorter clusters. It blooms 10-15 days later. It has been experimentally shown that these species hybridize easily, highly forming winter-hardy, abundantly flowering trees in intermediate periods, easily propagating vegetatively [3, 4].

The study of the intraspecific diversity of these species showed that they have significant variability in the size of the clusters and flowers, the size and shape of the crown, and the timing of flowering [5, 6]. Occasionally, original mutations occur in the color of leaves and flowers [7, 8, 9]. The use of such genetic sources makes it possible to obtain highly decorative plants that differ markedly from the species background and increase the possibilities of growing highly decorative trees in the northern regions [10].

2 Material and methods

Crossings were carried out at the collection of subgenus Padus of the Laboratory for the introduction of food plants of the Central Siberian botanical garden of the SB RAS. Flowers were isolated at the stage of loose buds, pollination was carried out without castration of flowers. Hybrid seeds were planted in the nursery, Then whence at 2-3 years of age it growing at selection plots. Description of flowers and clusters make out for 2-3 years of flowering. In the same season, prominent seedlings studied rooting by green cuttings.

3 Results and discussion

The first series of ornamental hybrids was obtained by pollination of a large-flowered specimen, № 1-1-8, with pollen from American cultivar of P. virginiana Schubert, from the collection of KOSS VIR. Thouse hybrids have white flowers, their leaves change color in the middle of summer from green to purple, and they differ in growth strength and crown shape (Patents № 5554 – Purple Candle; № 5555 – Siberian Beauty; № 5553 – Red Tent). For further crossings, in addition to these sources, the pink-flowered variety Tenderness and the Colorata cultivar with intensive dark staining of young leaves and flowers, as well as local large-flowered forms of bird cherry were used. Of the obtained selection material, 6 new ornamental cultivars were registered.

Cultivar Cloud (patent № 8742). Seedling from free pollination № 1-1-8. The tree is medium-sized, 4-5 m high with an oval crown. The buds are white, the flowers are large, white, with wide petals, the diameter of the flowers is 25-26 mm. Clusters 13-14 cm long, about 30 mm in diameter, fairly dense. Flowering early, plentiful. The leaves are medium sized, with a usual green color, yellowing in autumn. Like other varieties, it propagates well by green cuttings.

Variety Slender (patent № 8741, Fig. 1A). Seedling from crossing cultivars Purple candle and Tenderness. Tall tree (7-8 m) with a narrow pyramidal crown. The leaves are large, initially green, from mid-summer purple. The buds are pink, the flowers are soft pink, small, with a diameter of 15-16 mm, clusters 16-17 cm long, with a diameter of about 25 mm. Flowering is medium early, plentiful. Well propagated by green cuttings.

Cultivar Red season (patent № 8740, Fig. 1B). Seedling from crossing varieties Purple candle and Colorata. A low tree (3-4 m) with a spreading crown. The leaves are not large. Intensively red in spring, then gradually turn green, but burgundy streaks remain. By the end of summer, the leaves turn purple. The flowers are lilac-pink, with wide petals, with a diameter of about 16 mm, Clusters 14-15 cm long, with a diameter of about 22 mm. Flowering early, plentiful. It is well rooted in green cuttings.

Cultivar Ruddy cheeks (patent № 10081, Fig. 2A). The seedling of grade Tenderness. Low tree (4-5 m) with a wide oval crown. Leaves are green, medium in size. The flowers are of the original cup-shaped, soft pink, with wide petals, a diameter is about 20 mm. Clusters 16-17 cm long, about 25 mm in diameter. Flowering is medium early, plentiful. It is well rooted in green cuttings.

Cultivar Pink Dream (patent № 10089). Seedling from crossing cultivars Closely clusters and Colorata. A sprawling tree 3-3.5 m high. Blossoming young leaves are bright red, then green, with burgundy veins. In autumn, the leaves turn yellow. Flowers with a diameter of 15-16 mm, with wide petals, lilac-pink, on very short pedicels. The clusters are dense, narrow, 13-14 cm long, about 14 mm in diameter. Flowering is medium early, plentiful. It is well rooted in green cuttings.

Cultivar Bellflower (patent № 10082, Fig. 2B). Seedling bird cherry hybrid of unknown origin. A tree 4-5 m high with a narrowly pyramidal crown. The leaves are green, the flowers are white, the original bell-shaped, the petals are wide. The diameter of the flower is about 16 mm. Multi-flowered clusters, 18-20 cm long, with a diameter of about 25 mm. Flowering in medium terms, plentiful. It is well rooted in green cuttings.

This work was supported by the state project number: AAAA-A17-117012610054-6 for the Central Siberian Botanical Garden (CSBG) SB RAS). Materials of the bioresource scientific collection of the CSBG SB RAS “Collections of living plants in open and closed ground”, USU No. 440534 were used.

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The ornamental cultivars of Bird cherry: A – Variety “Slender,”B – “Red season”

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The ornamental cultivars of Bird cherry: A – “Ruddy cheeks”, B – “Bellflower”


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All Figures

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The ornamental cultivars of Bird cherry: A – Variety “Slender,”B – “Red season”

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The ornamental cultivars of Bird cherry: A – “Ruddy cheeks”, B – “Bellflower”

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