Boreal Blizzard

Blue Honeysuckle

Denomination: 'Boreal Blizzard'
Previously Proposed Denomination: '22-06-25.5'
Botanical Name: Lonicera caerulea
Applicant/Holder: University of Saskatchewan
Crop Development Centre
4D36 Agriculture Building, 51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 5A8
Breeder: Robert H. Bors, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Application Date: 2014-08-05
Application Number: 14-8412

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Aurora'

Summary: The fruit of 'Boreal Blizzard' is obovate shape in lateral view whereas the fruit of 'Aurora' is narrow oblong shape in lateral view. The fruit of 'Boreal Blizzard' has a small eye opening whereas the fruit of 'Aurora' has a medium sized eye opening. The fruit of 'Boreal Blizzard' has tufts of hairs at the apex whereas the fruit of 'Aurora' does not have tufts of hairs at the apex.


PLANT: medium to strong vigour, semi-upright growth habit, medium branching, mid-season bud burst
ONE-YEAR OLD SHOOT: no lenticels, absent or very sparse to sparse pubescence, dark to red brown bark, strong development of adventitious buds
SHOOT TIP: absent or sparse pubescence, strong glossiness of bark, medium intensity of anthocyanin colouration

LEAF: moderately elongated, rounded apex, absent or very sparse to sparse pubescence on lower side, medium to dark green on upper side
STEM-CLASPING LEAF: medium to large, glabrous

FLOWER: flowering begins mid-season, medium amount of pubescence on corolla tube, horizontal attitude, style shorter than anther
SEPAL: short

FRUIT: ripening begins mid-season, narrow elliptic in cross section, obovate in lateral view, tip present, rounded shape of calyx end, small size of eye opening, intermediate smoothness of surface, tufts of hairs at apex
FRUIT SKIN: medium amount of bloom, dark intensity of blue

Origin & Breeding History: 'Boreal Blizzard' originated from a controlled cross made in 2007 at the Univeristy of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The cross was made between the variety 'Solovey' and a proprietary selection from the Maxine Thompson breeding program. 'Boreal Blizzard' was selected in 2012 for its flavour, productivity, fruit size and desirable bush attributes for mechanical harvesting.

Tests & Trials: The comparative trial for 'Borealis Blizzard' was conducted during the 2016 growing season at the University of Saskatchewan Horticulture Plots in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The trial consisted of 5 plants per variety grown in a single row with 0.6 metres spacing between plants. The distance between rows within the trial was 3 metres. Observations and measurements were taken from 5 plants, or parts of 5 plants, of each variety.

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Boreal Blizzard
Blue Honeysuckle: 'Boreal Blizzard'

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Boreal Blizzard
Blue Honeysuckle: Reference variety 'Aurora'

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