Denomination: 'USCALI518-1'
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: 2006-06-19
Application Number: 06-5506
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-08-27
Certificate Number: 3933
Date rights surrendered: 2011-11-07

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Sunbel Kopachipi' (Million Bells Cherry Pink) and 'KLECA06126' (MiniFamous Double Pink)

Summary: The plants of 'USCALI518-1' are smaller and have a spreading growth habit while those of both reference varieties are larger and have an upright growth habit. 'USCALI518-1' has smaller leaves than both reference varieties. The sepals of 'USCALI518-1' are narrower than those of 'Sunbel Kopachipi'. 'USCALI518-1' has semi-double flowers while 'Sunbel Kopachipi' has single flowers and 'KLECA06126' has double flowers. The flowers of 'USCALI518-1' are smaller than those of both reference varieties. 'USCALI518-1' has funnelform flowers with a degree of lobing ranging from absent to weak while 'Sunbel Kopachipi' has salverform flowers with medium degree of lobing. The upper and lower sides of the corolla lobe of 'USCALI518-1' differ in colour from those of both reference varieties. 'USCALI518-1' has weak conspicuousness of veins on the inner side of the corolla tube while 'Sunbel Kopachipi' has medium to strong conspicuousness.


PLANT: spreading growth habit

LEAF BLADE: oblanceolate, narrow to broad acute apex, no variegation, medium green on upper side, no blistering

SEPAL: lanceolate, anthocyanin colouration along midvein only
FLOWER: semi-double, funnelform
COROLLA: degree of lobing ranging from absent to weak, two colours on upper side
COROLLA LOBE: upper side blue pink (RHS N74C) at margin with violet (RHS 75B) areas and purple (RHS 71B-C, N79C) at transition to corolla tube, blue pink (RHS 73A) inner petaloids, weak conspicuousness of veins, lower side light blue violet (RHS 76B) with violet (RHS 77D) near midvein, rounded and truncate apex
COROLLA TUBE: inner side yellow (RHS 8A) with weak to medium conspicuousness of veins

Origin & Breeding History: 'USCALI518-1' originated from a controlled cross conducted in Hikone, Shiga, Japan on May 17, 2005 between the female parent, proprietary seedling 'C360-01' and the male parent, proprietary seedling 'C376-01'. The new Calibrachoa is the product of a planned breeding program developed by the breeder Ushio Sakazaki, in Shiga, Japan. 'USCALI518-1' was selected as a single plant from the resultant progeny on April 6, 2006 in Gensingen, Germany. Selection was based on semi-double type flowers, growth habit, summer performance and Thielaviopsis resistance. Propagation of 'USCALI518-1' was first conducted by vegetative cuttings on April 6, 2006, in Gensingen, Germany.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'USCALI518-1' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2009 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a 16 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 30 cm hanging baskets on May 21, 2009. Each basket contained 4 cuttings with a total of 4 baskets per variety. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on October 1, 2009. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'USCALI518-1' with reference varieties 'Sunbel Kopachipi' and 'KLECA06126'

Plant height (cm)

  'USCALI518-1' 'Sunbel Kopachipi' 'KLECA06126'
mean 13.8 24.5 27.4
std. deviation 1.26 1.29 1.67

Plant width (cm)

  'USCALI518-1' 'Sunbel Kopachipi' 'KLECA06126'
mean 50.8 61.5 70.4
std. deviation 3.20 3.00 5.32

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'USCALI518-1' 'Sunbel Kopachipi' 'KLECA06126'
mean 2.2 4.0 3.6
std. deviation 0.17 0.25 0.38

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'USCALI518-1' 'Sunbel Kopachipi' 'KLECA06126'
mean 0.6 1.3 0.9
std. deviation 0.05 0.07 0.08

Sepal width (cm)

  'USCALI518-1' 'Sunbel Kopachipi' 'KLECA06126'
mean 2.4 3.1 2.9
std. deviation 0.41 0.21 0.21

Flower diameter (cm)

  'USCALI518-1' 'Sunbel Kopachipi' 'KLECA06126'
mean 2.3 3.6 2.7
std. deviation 0.17 0.26 0.15

Colour of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'USCALI518-1' 'Sunbel Kopachipi' 'KLECA06126'
main - upper side N74C margin area with lighter 75B sections 61B blended with 67B along margin N74B
secondary - upper side 71B-C, N79C at mouth of corolla tube N/A N/A
inner petaloids 73A N/A N74B
main - lower side 76B with 77D near midvein 64D 75A shading towards 76A at base

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Calibrachoa: 'USCALI518-1' (left) with reference varieties 'Sunbel Kopachipi' (centre) and 'KLECA06126' (right)

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Calibrachoa: 'USCALI518-1' (left) with reference varieties 'Sunbel Kopachipi' (centre) and 'KLECA06126' (right)

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