Odd Lilac Flowers

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  1. Kris Wallin

    Kris Wallin New Member

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    I have a lilac in my yard that grows, what I believe is, odd flowers. But maybe not... thoughts?
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I think it's odd, yes. There is a blue-flowered rhododendron at the UBC Botanical Garden that I have noted puts out white flowers on a few of its branches. Must be some kind of minor genetic error in that area? I hope some one explains what is happening here, before I have to research it.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    All the time, or just the one inflorescence? In any case, it is a mutation early in bud development (at the time when the protobud is dividing from 1 cell to 2).
     
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    Every year on about 40 % of the flowers. It’s actually pretty cool. I think I’ll try to take some plants off of it and see if they are the same
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor

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    I agree that this is pretty cool. Not only are flower clusters half white and half purple but individual flowers as well. Amazing!

    Whether it's considered a horticultural asset or not, I'm sure there are many who would enjoy growing this anomaly.

    Who knows, it could make you rich and famous!
     
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    They explained to me that it is a more frequent phenomenon than we think with stained/striated/variegated hybrids: in practice these hybrids have low genetic stability so they can produce even very different flowers (up to 5....) on the same plant being expressed one or more of the ancestral genetic characters. Sometimes the typical hybrid flowers are no longer produced, but only one or more different (sports).
    It happens every year to my Camellia Countess Lavinia maggi
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    The things nature throws up, amazing. This type of 'Chance' in the maple world is seized upon to hopefully have a new cultivar. Great photos.
     
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    wow, this is amazing, while normal lilac blending color between purple and while. your lilac has two petals purple and two petals while.
     

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