Denomination: 'USCALI212-1'
Trade name: Superbells Cherry Blossom
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: 2006-03-21
Application Number: 06-5384
Grant of Rights Date: 2009-09-23
Certificate Number: 3629
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2027-09-23

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'USCALI48' (Superbells Pink Kiss)

Summary: The plants of 'USCALI212-1' are narrower than those of 'USCALI48'. 'USCALI212-1' has smaller flowers than 'USCALI48'. The veins on the corolla lobes of 'USCALI212-1' are yellow to pink while those on 'USCALI48' are purple. 'USCALI212-1' is light blue pink with a purple red eye on the upper side of the corolla while 'USCALI48' is white with a violet to blue pink eye and light yellow tongue extending from the corolla tube onto the lower lobe of the corolla. The lower side of the corolla of 'USCALI212-1' is light blue pink while that of 'USCALI48' is white. 'USCALI212-1' has cuspidate apex of the corolla lobes while 'USCALI48' has truncate apex.


PLANT: upright growth habit, medium height, narrow

LEAF BLADE: short to medium length, obovate, broad acute apex, no variegation, medium green upper side, no blistering
PETIOLE: very short to short

SEPAL: short, narrow, lanceolate and rhombic, anthocyanin colouration present
FLOWER: single, very small to small diameter, salverform, short pedicel
COROLLA: very weak to weak degree of lobing, two coloured on upper side
COROLLA LOBE: light blue pink (RHS 62D) with small purple red (RHS N57B) eye marking at transition to corolla tube on upper side, yellow to pink veins, weak conspicuousness of veins on upper side, light blue pink (RHS 69A-B) on lower side, cuspidate apex
COROLLA TUBE: short, yellow (RHS 9A) on inner side, weak conspicuousness of veins on inner side
ANTHER: yellow before pollen dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'USCALI212-1' originated from a controlled cross between the female parent 'C67-1' and the male parent 'CJ03-05-1' conducted on April 16, 2003 by the breeder Ushio Sakazaki, in Shiga, Japan . The new variety was selected as a single plant from the resultant progeny on June 4, 2004 in Gensingen, Germany. Selection was based on plant growth habit, heat tolerance, flower size and Thielaviopsis resistance. 'USCALI212-1' was first propagated by vegetative cuttings on June 5, 2004, in Gensingen, Germany.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'USCALI212-1' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2008 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 20 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 30 cm hanging baskets on May 23, 2008. Each basket contained 4 cuttings with a total of 5 baskets per variety. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on July 22, 2008. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'USCALI212-1' with reference variety 'USCALI48'

Plant width (cm)

  'USCALI212-1' 'USCALI48'
mean 52.8 60.2
std. deviation 1.96 2.20

Flower diameter (cm)

  'USCALI212-1' 'USCALI48'
mean 2.5 3.5
std. deviation 0.18 0.18

Colour of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'USCALI212-1' 'USCALI48'
main - upper side more pink than 62D white with slight blush of 76D
secondary - upper side N57B N74D with N80D and 10B-C tongue
main - lower side 69A-B white

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Calibrachoa: 'USCALI212-1' (left) with reference variety 'USCALI48' (right)

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Calibrachoa: 'USCALI212-1' (left) with reference variety 'USCALI48' (right)

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