Denomination: 'Excel'
Botanical Name: Malus
Applicant/Holder: Jomobel NV
Bosstraat 85
Breeder: Jos Morren, Jomobel NV, Halen, Belgium
Agent in Canada: Moffat & Co.
P.O. Box 2088, Station D
1200-427 Laurier Ave. West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 7Y2
Tel: 613-232-7302
Application Date: 1997-01-20
Application Number: 97-979
Grant of Rights Date: 2012-08-14
Certificate Number: 4359
Date rights revoked: 2016-08-14

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Crowngold'

Summary: 'Excel' has a very long fruit stalk whereas it is medium length on 'Crowngold'. The amount of overcolour on the fruit of 'Excel' is high whereas it is medium on 'Crowngold'.


TREE: medium strong vigour, ramified, spreading growth habit
ONE-YEAR OLD SHOOT: medium to thick, medium length internodes, strong density of pubescence on upper half of shoot, few lenticels

LEAF: downwards attitude in relation to shoot, long, medium width, medium length/width ratio, serrate margin, short petiole

FLOWER: dark pink at balloon stage, medium diameter, touching arrangement of petals, begins flowering mid-season

FRUIT: medium to large size, medium height/width ratio, globose conical shape, maximum width positioned towards stalk, weak to medium ribbing, weak crowning at calyx end, closed aperture of eye, large eye, long sepals, closed aperture of locules in transverse section, mid-season eating maturity
FRUIT SKIN: absent or very weak glaucosity, absent or very weak greasiness, green yellow ground colour, low amount of russet around stalk cavity, absent or very weak amount of russet on cheeks and around eye basin, small lenticels
OVERCOLOUR: high amount, medium red, pattern is solid flush with faint stripes
STALK: very long, medium thickness
STALK CAVITY: deep, broad width
EYE BASIN: deep, medium-broad width
FRUIT FLESH: soft, cream colour

Origin & Breeding History: 'Excel' was discovered in 1990 as a sport mutation of the variety, 'Jonagold' in a cultivated orchard in Halen, Belgium. Cuttings were made from the mutation and reproduced by grafting. Observation over generations has been consistent with those characteristics first observed in 1990. 'Excel' was selected for its harvest maturity, fruit colour and productivity.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, CPVO reference number 1996/0199, application number AFP 9/265, grant number EU6594, purchased from the CPVO, Angers, France. The trials were conducted by the Plant Variety Rights Office at Brogdale, National Fruit Collections, Wye College, University of London, United Kingdom in 1998 and 1999.

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