The New International Encyclopædia/Burbank, Luther

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BURBANK, Luther (1849-1926). An American horticulturist, the originator of new varieties of fruits, flowers, and vegetables. He was born on a farm at Lancaster, Mass., and was educated in the academy of that town. In 1875 he moved to Santa Rosa, Cal., where he established an experimental farm. He has originated the Burbank potato; Gold, Erickson, Apple, October Purple, Chalco, America, and Climax plums; Giant, Splendor, and Sugar prunes; Peachblow, Burbank, and Santa Rosa roses; and the Giant and Fragrance callas.