Denomination: 'USCALI99'
Trade name: Superbells Plum
Botanical Name: Calibrachoa
Applicant/Holder: Plant 21 LLC
32149 Aquaduct Road
Bonsall, California
United States of America
Breeder: Ushio Sakazaki, Shiga, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-05-06
Application Number: 05-4875
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-08-17
Certificate Number: 2869
Date rights surrendered: 2017-08-17

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Kakegawa S41' (Colorburst Violet)

Summary: 'USCALI99' is a calibrachoa variety which has slightly darker coloured flowers than 'Kakegawa S41'. The upper side of the corolla of 'USCALI99' also has a dark violet secondary colour at the transition to the corolla tube, whereas the reference variety has no secondary colour. 'USCALI99' also has a longer corolla tube than 'Kakegawa S41'.


PLANT: spreading growth habit, broad to very broad width
SHOOT: thin, medium length, strong anthocyanin colouration
LEAF: medium to long, medium to broad, elliptic, narrow acute apex, medium green

SEPAL: medium to long, lanceolate shape, anthocyanin colouration present at base only
FLOWER: single, funnelform, medium to large diameter, short to medium pedicel
COROLLA: medium lobing, violet on upper side, violet on lower side, dark violet secondary colour at transition to corolla tube, purple veins, veins moderately to strongly conspicuous, moderate undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: long to very long, yellow (RHS 7A) on inner side, moderately to strongly conspicuous veins
ANTHER: yellowish white before dehiscence, yellow after dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'USCALI99' originated from controlled cross conducted in Hikone, Shiga, Japan on April 5, 2000. A purple flowered seedling designated as C2903 was the female parent and a blue flowered seedling designated as K-1 was the male parent. The new variety was selected as a single plant from the resultant progeny on June 24, 2001, in Gensingen, Germany. It was selected based on a semi-upright plant habit, tolerance to heat, flower size, and Thielaviopsis resistance. The new variety was first propagated by vegetative cuttings in Gensingen, Germany on June 24, 2001.

Tests & Trials: The tests and trials for 'USCALI99' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2006 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 20 plants of each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 25 cm baskets on April 20, 2006. Each basket contained 3 cuttings with a total of 7 baskets per variety. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on July 12, 2006. All colour measurements were made using the RHS Colour Chart 2001.

Comparison tables for 'USCALI99' with reference variety 'Kakegawa S41'

Main colour of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'USCALI99' 'Kakegawa S41'
upper side N81A N80A
lower side N80B N78D

Secondary colour of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'USCALI99' 'Kakegawa S41'
upper side N79B none

Length of corolla tube (mm)

  'USCALI99' 'Kakegawa S41'
mean 19.7 16.3
std. deviation 1.70 0.82

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Calibrachoa: 'USCALI99' (left) with reference variety 'Kakegawa S41' (right)

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