Esmund (Mussar, 2021) Tet. 5.5" bloom on 28" scapes with 3 branches and a bud count of 14. Sculpted form of the cristate class. It is a mid season bloomer with semi evergreen foliage type. The blooms are a pale yellow polychrome in colour with raised cristate tissue along the mid-ribs, also parallel to the mid-ribs and sometimes emerging from the throat area of the bloom. The cristation is very consistent and rarely have I seen a bloom without any. Parents are my Claire Anne crossed with a seedling that is (Rose Electra x Ruffled Strawberry Parfait). Claire Anne is out of (Victoria Park x Heavenly Pastel) so Esmund is 50% genetics from Bryan Culver's lines and 50% from those of Brother Charles Reckamp. Esmund is both pod and pollen fertile.
Esmund is named for my grandson, my first grandchild so it is a special flower to me. Coincidentally, I named my first cristate intro Kendra Marie after his mother, my daughter Kendra. It looks like we are keeping cristates in the family! Actually, Kendra Marie was a chance finding and my first cristate seedling but it has led me to pursuing a program of tet cristate breeding. Tet cristate blooms are still uncommon but I am now seeing seedlings with good and varied forms of cristation out of both Kendra Marie and Esmund as well as other lines. I am excited to be able to contribute to the development of this new form of daylily.