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ICRA CULTIVARS

The RNZIH is the International Cultivar Registration Authority (ICRA) for several New Zealand native genera – Coprosma, Leptospermum, Phormium, Pittosporum, and the hebes (NZ native shrubby VeronicaVeronica L. sect. Hebe (Comm. ex Juss) Benth. – including plants formerly in the genera Hebe, Chionohebe, Heliohebe, Leonohebe, and Parahebe).

Although there are numerous native plant cultivars, relatively few are documented through commercial Plant Variety Rights (PVR). International Cultivar Registration is therefore an effective tool for documenting those that do not go through the PVR process.

Cultivar registration is free and allows cultivars’ names, origins, parentage and descriptions to be recorded, as an important part of our horticultural heritage. Registration helps prevent name repetition, confusion over correct identities, and documents a history of introductions. This work is important for promoting a wider diversity of cultivars to be planted, native plant and cultivar conservation, and for plant breeding.

The late Lawrie Metcalf held the position of Registrar since the RNZIH was first accepted as an authority in 1958. As part of his position, Lawrie prepared the major International Register of Hebe Cultivars published by the RNZIH in 2001. After 55 years, Lawrie stepped down and the RNZIH sincerely thank him for his extraordinary years of service as our Registrar.

Since 2013, Murray Dawson has been the current Registrar. Murray was chosen by Lawrie as his successor as he is a botanist who has published authoritative articles on cultivar origins (e.g., Agapanthus, Leptospermum and Metrosideros) and is leading the New Zealand Plant Collection Register project.

There has been a lack of new registrations for 10 years, and in 2022, the RNZIH, Hebe Society, and Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are working together to encourage new registrations of NZ cultivars under this scheme.

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Below is a summary of the full register:

Reg
No.
Name Notes
Date
Applicant Accepted/
Rejected
1
Leptospermum laevigatum ‘Raelene’ = Leptospermum laevigatum ‘Flamingo’ by prior publication
9 May 1980
R.W. & L.A. Trimble, Facey’s Nursery, Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia Rejected
2
Leptospermum rotundifolium ‘Julie Ann’ Registered as Leptospermum scoparium var. rotundifolium ‘Julie Ann’
9 May 1980
E. Demuth, Albion Park Rail, NSW, Australia Accepted
3
Veronica ‘Amanda Cook’ Registered as Hebe ‘Amanda Cook’
13 September 1982
Brian J. Cook, Warwickshire, UK Accepted
4
Veronica ‘Nicola’s Blush’ Registered as Hebe ‘Nicola’s Blush’
16 August 1982
Graham Hutchins, County Park Nursery, Hornchurch, Essex, UK Accepted
5
Veronica ‘Oratia Beauty’ Registered as Hebe ‘Oratia Beauty’
9 December 1982
H.B. Redgrove, Oratia, Auckland, NZ Accepted
6
Veronica ‘Lavender Lace’ Registered as Hebe ‘Lavender Lace’
31 January 1983
R.A. Edwards, Christchurch, NZ Accepted
7
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Margaret Turnbull’ Registered as Pittosporum ‘Margaret Turnbull’
9 February 1983
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Whenuapai, Auckland, NZ Accepted
8
Veronica diosmifolia ‘Garden Beauty’ Registered as Hebe ‘Garden Beauty’
10 November 1983
B.L. Buchanan, Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
9
Veronica ‘Pollard Park’ Registered as Hebe ‘Pollard Park’
8 December 1983
D.J. Robinson, Blenheim, NZ Accepted
10
Phormium tenax ‘Co-ordination’ Registered as Phormium ‘Co-ordination’
9 December 1983
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Whenuapai, Auckland, NZ Accepted
11
Veronica ‘Snowdrift’ Registered as Hebe ‘Snowdrift’
12 December 1983
B.L. Buchanan, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
12
Veronica ‘Mrs Kathleen Howlett’ Registered as Hebe ‘Mrs Kathleen Howlett’
2 November 1984
David M. Howlett, “Riverbank”, Winchester, Hants, UK Accepted
13
Veronica ‘Sheila Digweed’ Registered as Hebe ‘Sheila Digweed’
2 November 1984
David M. Howlett, “Riverbank”, Winchester, Hants, UK Accepted
14
Veronica ‘Mrs Paula Howlett’ Registered as Hebe ‘Mrs Paula Howlett’
2 November 1984
David M. Howlett, “Riverbank”, Winchester, Hants, UK Accepted
15
Veronica ‘Jacqueline Pearce’ Registered as Hebe ‘Jacqueline Pearce’
2 November 1984
David M. Howlett, “Riverbank”, Winchester, Hants, UK Accepted
16
Veronica ‘Charles Howlett’ Registered as Hebe ‘Charles Howlett’
2 November 1984
David M. Howlett, “Riverbank”, Winchester, Hants, UK Accepted
17
Leptospermum scoparium ‘Wiri Lesley’
14 February 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
18
Leptospermum scoparium ‘Wiri Joan’
14 February 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
19
Leptospermum scoparium ‘Wiri Amy’
14 February 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
20
Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum ‘Julianne’
14 February 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
21
Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum ‘Aupouri’
14 February 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
22
Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum ‘Sherryl Lee’
14 February 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
23
Leptospermum scoparium ‘Karekare’
14 February 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
24
Leptospermum scoparium ‘Wiri Clare’
14 February 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
25
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Kilkeran Silver’
6 April 1988
George Arthur Casey-Foster, Kilkeran, Castlefreke, Co Cork, Ireland Accepted
26
Pittosporum ‘John Flanagan’ Identical with Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Margaret Turnbull’
6 April 1988
Dr N. Murray, Rockfield House, Dublin, Ireland Rejected
27
Veronica ‘Wiri Jewel’ Registered as Hebe ‘Wiri Jewel’
22 March 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
28
Veronica ‘Wiri Spears’ Registered as Hebe ‘Wiri Spears’
22 March 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
29
Veronica ‘Wiri Splash’ Registered as Hebe ‘Wiri Splash’
22 March 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
30
Veronica ‘Wiri Joy’ Registered as Hebe ‘Wiri Joy’
22 March 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
31
Veronica ‘Wiri Grace’ Registered as Hebe ‘Wiri Grace’
22 March 1988
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
32
Coprosma ‘Lawrie Metcalf’
26 June 1988
Eugénie Ombler, Cromwell, NZ Accepted
33
Coprosma ‘Di Lucas’
26 June 1988
Eugénie Ombler, Cromwell, NZ Accepted
34
Aristotelia × fruserrata ‘Hugh Wilson’
26 June 1988
Eugénie Ombler, Cromwell, NZ Accepted
35
Hebe ‘Graeme Patterson’ Rejected because of prior publication and not in accord with the wishes of the raiser. Refer to No. 69
29 September 1988
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Rejected
36
Hebe ‘Hobby Special’
14 July 1989
Danish Growers’ Club, Otterup, Denmark Accepted?
37
Hebe ‘Early Blue’
14 July 1989
Danish Growers’ Club, Otterup, Denmark Rejected?
38
Hebe ‘White Summer’
14 July 1989
Danish Growers’ Club, Otterup, Denmark Rejected
39
Hebe ‘Heidi’
14 July 1989
Danish Growers’ Club, Otterup, Denmark ?
40
Hebe ‘Ritt’
14 July 1989
Danish Growers’ Club, Otterup, Denmark Rejected
41
Hebe ‘Paula’
14 July 1989
Danish Growers’ Club, Otterup, Denmark Rejected?
42
Hebe ‘Marlene’
14 July 1989
Danish Growers’ Club, Otterup, Denmark ?
43
Hebe ‘Louise’
14 July 1989
Danish Growers’ Club, Otterup, Denmark ?
44
Hebe pinguifolia ‘Graeme Paterson’ = Veronica ‘Inverey’. Refer to No. 35 and 69
25 September 1990
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Rejected
45
Veronica ‘Jennifer Turnbull’ Registered as Hebe ‘Jennifer Turnbull’
25 September 1990
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
46
Brachyglottis ‘Otaki’
25 September 1990
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Rejected
47
Helichrysum ‘Graeme Patterson’
13 March 1990
P.B. Heenan, Botany Division, DSIR, Christchurch, NZ Accepted
48
Veronica ‘Bracken Hill’ Registered as Hebe ‘Bracken Hill’
19 April 1990
University of Bristol Botanic Garden, Bristol, England Accepted
49
Veronica ‘Wiri Image’ Registered as Hebe ‘Wiri Image’
2 July 1990
J.G. Hobbs, Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Manurewa, Auckland, NZ Accepted
50
Pittosporum tobira ‘Variegated Hines Hardy’ TM Variegated Winter Pride
4 July 1990
Hines Nurseries, Fulshear, Texas, USA Accepted
51
Pittosporum tobira ‘Hines Hardy’ TM Winter Pride
4 July 1990
Hines Nurseries, Fulshear, Texas, USA Accepted
52
Leptospermum scoparium ‘Alfred Coates’
16 July 1990
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England Accepted
53
Veronica ‘Jack’s Surprise’ Registered as Hebe ‘Jack’s Surprise’
12 September 1990
K.W. Harker, “Kennel End”, Buckinghamshire, England Accepted
54
Veronica ‘Peter Hewitt’ Registered as Hebe ‘Peter Hewitt’
12 September 1990
Mrs J. Hewitt, Haggarth, Kidderminster, England Accepted
55
Veronica ‘Rosie’ Registered as Hebe ‘Rosie’
12 September 1990
H.J. Tooby, Acorns, Chapel Lane, Bransford, Worcestershire, England Accepted
56
Olearia traversii ‘TweedleDee’
27 September 1990
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
57
Olearia traversii ‘TweedleDum’
27 September 1990
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
58
Phormium ‘Yellow Breaker’
27 September 1990
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
59
Coprosma robusta ‘Talisman’
27 September 1990
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
60
Hebe pinguifolia ‘Graeme’s Inverey’ = Veronica ‘Inverey’. Refer to No. 35 and 69
27 September 1990
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Rejected
61
Veronica ‘Geoff Turnbull’ Registered as Hebe ‘Geoff Turnbull’
27 September 1990
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
62
Hebe ‘Malvern Hills’ Named changed, at request of applicant, to Hebe ‘Mohawk’. See No. 73.
20 November 1991
H.J. Tooby, Acorns, Chapel Lane, Bransford, Worcestershire, England Rejected
63
Brachyglottis ‘Leith Gold’ Originally submitted as Brachyglottis ‘Leith’, but suggested to and agreed by introducer to add the word “Gold”
6 November 1991
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
64
Veronica ‘Pink Goddess’ Originally submitted as Hebe ‘Koromiko Pink Goddess’, but agreed with introducer to delete the word “Koromiko”
13 January 1992
W.J. Richards, Palmerston North, NZ Accepted
65
Veronica hulkeana ‘Sea Spray’ Registered as Hebe hulkeana ‘Sea Spray’
5 May 1992
D.W. Rooney, Hororata, NZ Accepted
66
Veronica subfulvida ‘Bubble Gum’ Registered as Hebe divaricata ‘Bubble Gum’
5 May 1992
D.W. Rooney, Hororata, NZ Accepted
67
Veronica odora ‘Greenstone’ Registered as Hebe odora ‘Greenstone’
5 May 1992
D.W. Rooney, Hororata, NZ Accepted
68
Podocarpus nivalis ‘Lettuce Green’
5 May 1992
D.W. Rooney, Hororata, NZ Accepted
69
Veronica ‘Inverey’ Registered as Hebe ‘Inverey’
13 May 1992
Mr D. & Mrs H. Farquharson, “Inverey”, Fairfield, Dunedin, NZ Accepted
70
Olearia traversii ‘Kukuna’
2 January 1993
Mr A.R. Waghorn, Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula, NZ Accepted
71
Olearia traversii ‘Sand Storm’
2 January 1993
Mr A.R. Waghorn, Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula, NZ Accepted
72
Leptospermum spectabile ‘Karo Christmas Star’
2 January 1993
Dr Warwick Harris, Landcare Research, Lincoln, NZ Accepted
73
Veronica ‘Mohawk’ Registered as Hebe ‘Mohawk’
21 January 1993
H.J. Tooby, Acorns, Chapel Lane, Bransford, Worcestershire, England Accepted
74
Veronica ‘Mauve Fingers’ Registered as Hebe ‘Mauve Fingers’
3 August 1993
R.H. Mole, Otari Native Botanic Garden, Wellington, NZ Accepted
75
Veronica ‘Nantyderry’ Registered as Hebe ‘Nantyderry’
11 October 1993
Mrs Rose Clay, Nantyderry, Abergavenny, Wales Accepted
76
Clianthus maximus ‘Kaka King’ Registered as Clianthus puniceus var. maximus ‘Kaka King’
20 January 1994
M.A. & E.J. Dean, Oropi Road, Tauranga, NZ Accepted
77
Pittosporum ‘Chantilly’
20 January 1994
M.A. & E.J. Dean, Oropi Road, Tauranga, NZ Accepted
78
Geranium ‘Pink Spice’
20 January 1994
M.A. & E.J. Dean, Oropi Road, Tauranga, NZ Accepted
79
Veronica ‘Matiu Pink’ Registered as Hebe ‘Matiu Pink’
26 February 1994
Betty Moore, “Westwood”, Waitati, NZ ?
80
Veronica ‘Penwith Beauty’ Registered as Hebe ‘Penwith Beauty’
31 March 1994
Marshall Hutchens, Hayle, Cornwall, England Accepted
81
Lophomyrtus bullata ‘Kaikoura Dawn’
22 March 1994
P.S. Hockey, Athelney Road, Kaikoura, NZ ?
82
Veronica ‘Ringawhati’ Registered as Hebe ‘Ringawhati’
15 October 1994
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
83
Veronica ‘Estelle’ Registered as Hebe ‘Estelle’
13 January 1995
Darren Paul Whitehead, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, England Accepted
84
Veronica ‘Dawn’s Surprise’ Registered as Hebe ‘Dawn’s Surprise’
13 January 1995
Darren Paul Whitehead, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, England Accepted
85
Lophomyrtus ‘Little Lily’
8 July 1995
Deane Kier, Ngakawau, NZ ?
86
Veronica ‘Biddy’ Registered as Hebe ‘Biddy’
10 August 1996
J.K. Ratcliffe, Levin, NZ Accepted
87
Veronica ‘Jessica’ Registered as Hebe ‘Jessica’
10 August 1996
J.K. Ratcliffe, Levin, NZ Accepted
88
Veronica ‘Kath’s Delight’ Registered as Hebe ‘Kath’s Delight’
10 August 1996
Darren Paul Whitehead, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, England Accepted
89
Myosotis ‘Morning Mist’
27 July 1996
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
90
Veronica ‘Pink Haze’ Registered as Hebe ‘Pink Haze’
27 September 1996
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
91
Veronica ‘Woody’ Registered as Hebe ‘Woody’
5 June 1998
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
92
Veronica ‘Marc’s Red’ Registered as Hebe ‘Marc’s Red’
5 June 1998
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
93
Myosotis ‘Newlands’
5 June 1998
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
94
Veronica ‘Lenmar’ Registered as Hebe ‘Lenmar’
19 July 2001
Leo Curran, “Guilin”, Macetown, Co Meath, Ireland Accepted
95
Veronica ‘Candyfloss’ Registered as Hebe ‘Candyfloss’
19 July 2001
Leo Curran, “Guilin”, Macetown, Co Meath, Ireland Accepted
96
Myrsine ‘Greenland’
19 July 2001
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
97
Veronica ‘Alastair’s Surprise’ Registered as Hebe ‘Alastair’s Surprise’
19 July 2001
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
98
Veronica ‘Pink Park’ Registered as Hebe ‘Pink Park’
19 July 2001
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
99
Leptospermum scoparium ‘Cornell’
19 July 2001
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
100
Leptospermum scoparium ‘Amy’
19 July 2001
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
101
Hebe ‘Magalie’ Now identified as identical with Veronica (Hebe) ‘Biddy’
19 July 2001
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Rejected
102
Melicope × mantellii ‘Lemon Crinkle’
17 February 2004
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
103
Myrsine ‘Alpine Dome’
17 February 2004
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
104
Veronica ‘Thomas’ Registered as Hebe ‘Thomas’
17 February 2004
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
105
Veronica ‘Aotearoa’ Registered as Hebe ‘Aotearoa’
17 February 2004
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
106
Veronica ‘Imperial Ruby’ Registered as Hebe ‘Imperial Ruby’
17 February 2004
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
107
Veronica salicifolia ‘Magalie’ Registered as Hebe salicifolia ‘Magalie’
27 June 2008
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
108
Veronica speciosa ‘Sarah’s Blue’ Registered as Hebe speciosa ‘Sarah’s Blue’
27 June 2008
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
109
Veronica macrocarpa ‘Amanda’ Registered as Hebe macrocarpa ‘Amanda’
27 June 2008
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
110
Veronica macrocarpa ‘Regal’ Registered as Hebe macrocarpa ‘Regal’
27 June 2008
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
111
Brachyglottis ‘Silvervelvet’
27 June 2008
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted
112
Libocedrus plumosa ‘Magalie’
28 February 2010
Alistair M. Turnbull, Talisman Nurseries, Otaki, NZ Accepted

 

 


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