Definition of dwarf plant?

Lincoln, CA(Zone 9b)

Recently, on one of the This Old House series, Roger Cook, who is a certified landscape contractor in Massachusetts defined a dwarf plant as one that grows slowly.

Is that true? I have never heard this definition before.

Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

So a 50 foot white cedar would be a dwarf as it is slow growing?

My definition of dwarf would be a plant of a genetically small sized as compared to the norm for that plant. Which would often be a cultivar of a certain plant. For example 'Little Joe' eupatorium, as opposed to the regular eupatorium.

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