Sunbel Kopachipi


Denomination: 'Sunbel Kopachipi'
Trade name: Million Bells Cherry Pink 08
Botanical Name: Calibrachoa
Applicant/Holder: Suntory Flowers Limited
Administrative Division
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Breeder: Takeshi Kanaya, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2007-02-23
Application Number: 07-5770
Grant of Rights Date: 2009-08-25
Certificate Number: 3563
Date rights surrendered: 2014-07-31

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balcabcher' (Cabaret Cherry Rose)

Summary: The plants of 'Sunbel Kopachipi' are narrower than those of 'Balcabcher'. 'Sunbel Kopachipi' has shorter pedicels than 'Balcabcher'. The sepals of 'Sunbel Kopachipi' are lanceolate with no anthocyanin colouration present while those of 'Balcabcher' are elliptic and rhombic with weak anthocyanin colouration. 'Sunbel Kopachipi' differs from 'Balcabcher' in the colour of the upper and lower sides of the corolla.


PLANT: upright growth habit, medium height, very narrow to narrow

LEAF BLADE: medium length, elliptic and obovate, broad acute to obtuse apex, no variegation, medium green on upper side, no blistering

SEPAL: medium to long, medium width, lanceolate, no anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: single, medium to large diameter, salverform, short pedicel
COROLLA: weak degree of lobing, one coloured on upper side
COROLLA LOBE: purple red (RHS N57A-B) on upper side, purple veins, very weak conspicuousness of veins on upper side, blue pink (RHS 64C) on lower side, truncate apex
COROLLA TUBE: medium length, yellow (RHS 12A) on inner side, strong conspicuousness of veins on inner side
ANTHER: yellow before pollen dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Sunbel Kopachipi' originated from a cross between the female parent 'C58' and the male parent 'GF1'. The cross was conducted in April 2003 at Higashiomi-shi, Shiga-ken, Japan. In September 2003, 50 seedlings were obtained from that crossing. Those seedlings were grown in pots in the glasshouse and evaluated. 'Sunbel Kopachipi' was finally selected in September 2004 based on its growth habit, flower size and flower colour.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Sunbel Kopachipi' 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 'Sunbel Kopachipi' with reference variety 'Balcabcher'

Plant width (cm)

  'Sunbel Kopachipi' 'Balcabcher'
mean 48.1 57.6
std. deviation 2.56 2.41

Pedicel length (cm)

  'Sunbel Kopachipi' 'Balcabcher'
mean 1.3 1.9
std. deviation 0.16 0.22

Colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Sunbel Kopachipi' 'Balcabcher'
upper side N57A-B more red than N66A
lower side 64C 71C-D

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Sunbel Kopachipi
Calibrachoa: 'Sunbel Kopachipi' (left) with reference variety 'Balcabcher' (right)

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Calibrachoa: 'Sunbel Kopachipi' (left) with reference variety 'Balcabcher' (right)

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