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Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Landscape Ornamentals

The field of landscape ornamental research is horticultural research which examines plants that are grown for decorative purposes in gardens and landscape design projects and the breeding of ornamental plants towards improving their appearance and stress tolerance. Included in the field of ornamentals are decorative landscape plants such as begonias, house plants such as the Fiddle-leaf fig, tropical flowering plants such as orchids, and other plants used in gardens and landscapes.

Landscape and ornamental plants are often grown for their showy, attractive features such as leaves, scent, foliage texture, fruits, growth structure, or a variety of other plant features. The UF/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping program and the Gardening Solutions website are great resources for breed-specific information and management practices.

MREC Landcape Ornamental Research Faculty

Dr. Jianjun Chen
Professor of Plant Physiology

Dr. Heqiang "Alfred" Huo
Assistant Professor of Horticultural Science

Dr. Chris Marble
Associate Professor of Ornamental and Landscape Weed Management