CitraBlue St. Augustine’s Introduction at the 2019 Florida ASLA Conference
CitraBlue™ St. Augustine was enthusiastically received by Florida landscape architects at the 2019 American Society of Landscape Architects Florida Conference and Expo in Orlando. The two most frequently asked questions were: “Who is growing CitraBlue?” and “When will they have it available for sale?”
CitraBlue showcased its striking blue-green color, but its most impressive feature was its combination of superior traits when compared to Floratam St. Augustine. This includes its improved disease resistance, greater shade tolerance, demonstrated drought persistence, and denser canopy making it more competitive against weeds.
Over a dozen requests were made for lunch and learn presentations and we anticipate more requests in the months to come. Several architects have already begun specifying CitraBlue St. Augustine for projects that will be shovel-ready in 2020. In response to these requests, licensed producers are expanding as quickly as possible to meet what is expected to be great demand.
CitraBlue™ ‘FSA1602’ St. Augustine grass was developed by the University of Florida’s turfgrass breeding program under a sponsored Research Service Agreement with the Turfgrass Producers of Florida, Inc. (TPF). CitraBlue St. Augustine is exclusively licensed to TPF by Florida Foundation Seed Producers, Inc., a direct support organization of the University of Florida. CitraBlue is marketed by Sod Solutions, Inc. and has become commercially available as of late 2019 with more widespread availability in the spring of 2020.