Christine Magic

Azalea

Denomination: 'Christine Magic'
Botanical Name: Rhododendron simsii
Applicant/Holder: Hortibreed NV
Beerveldse Baan 4
B-9080
Lochristi
Belgium
Breeder: Etienne Floré, Hortibreed NV, Lochristi, Belgium
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Canada
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2005-02-24
Application Number: 05-4611
Grant of Rights Date: 2009-06-23
Certificate Number: 3536
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2027-06-23

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Christine Matton'

Summary: The margin on the upper side of the corolla of 'Christine Magic' is red while it is red pink for 'Christine Matton'. The markings in the throat of the corolla are grey for 'Christine Magic' while they are light yellow for 'Christine Matton'.

Description:

YOUNG LEAF: medium green upper side
MATURE LEAF: medium length, medium width, slightly ovate, dark green upper side, medium green lower side, mucronate apex

INFLORESCENCE: few flowers, medium length pedicel
FLOWER: medium diameter, funnel-shaped, absent or very weak fragrance, double type corolla, medium to many petals, calyx with moderate tranformation of sepals to petals
COROLLA LOBE: red margin on upper side, red pink (RHS 49A) middle zone on upper and lower sides, medium to strong undulation of margin
COROLLA THROAT: very weak to weak conspicuousness of grey spots, lighter colour when compared to middle zone of upper side of corolla lobe
TIME OF FLOWERING: begins mid-season

Origin & Breeding History: 'Christine Magic' originated as a mutant of Rhododendron simsii variety 'Christine Matton' and was first observed by the applicant in Belgium in 1998. It was selected in 1999 based on its dark shiny leaves, long lasting double bicoloured flowers and vigorous growth habit.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Christine Magic' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, CPVO reference number 20032124, grant number 17714. The trials were conducted by the Bundessortenamt, in Bad Zwischenahn, Germany in 2005. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.


Comparison tables for 'Christine Magic' with reference variety 'Christine Matton'

Corolla lobe colour (RHS)

  'Christine Magic' 'Christine Matton'
upper side-margin 44C 48D

Flower throat colour (RHS)

  'Christine Magic' 'Christine Matton'
markings 157B 4D

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Christine Magic
Azalea: 'Christine Magic'

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