Denomination: 'Sunbelkupichi'
Trade name: Million Bells Peaches 'n Cream
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: 07-5771
Date Withdrawn: 2009-09-23

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Sunbelriapu' (Million Bells Apricot) and 'KLEC01061' (MiniFamous Apricot Dream)

Summary: The plants of 'Sunbelkupichi' have a trailing growth habit while those of 'Sunbelriapu' have an upright growth habit. 'Sunbelkupichi' has shorter leaves and sepals than 'KLEC01061'. The upper side of the corolla and the inner side of the corolla tube of 'Sunbelkupichi' have stronger conspicuousness of veins than those of 'Sunbelriapu'. 'Sunbelkupichi' has a shorter corolla tube than 'KLEC01061'.


PLANT: trailing growth habit, short to medium height, medium width

LEAF BLADE: short, elliptic, broad acute apex, no variegation, medium green on upper side, no blistering
PETIOLE: short

SEPAL: very short to short, narrow, rhombic, anthocyanin colouration present
FLOWER: single, medium diameter, salverform, short to medium length pedicel
COROLLA: weak degree of lobing, two coloured on upper side
COROLLA LOBE: light blue pink (RHS 55C) blended with orange pink (RHS 27A-C) towards base on upper side, small to medium sized red to dark pink red (RHS 47B-C) with dark purple red (RHS 46A) eye marking at transition to corolla tube on upper side, red veins, medium to strong conspicuousness of veins on upper side, orange pink (RHS 27A) on lower side, cuspidate and truncate apex
COROLLA TUBE: short to medium length, yellow (RHS 9A) on inner side, medium to strong anthocyanin colouration on inner side
ANTHER: yellow before pollen dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Sunbelkupichi' originated from a cross between the female parent 'B15' and the male parent '9110'. 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. 'Sunbelkupichi' was finally selected in September 2004 based on its growth habit, flower size and flower colour.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Sunbelkupichi' 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 'Sunbelkupichi' with reference varieties 'Sunbelriapu' and 'KLEC01061'

Leaf length (cm)

  'Sunbelkupichi' 'Sunbelriapu' 'KLEC01061'
mean 3.0 2.8 4.1
std. deviation 0.30 0.26 0.22

Sepal length (cm)

  'Sunbelkupichi' 'Sunbelriapu' 'KLEC01061'
mean 0.6 0.6 1.0
std. deviation 0.09 0.10 0.13

Corolla tube length (cm)

  'Sunbelkupichi' 'Sunbelriapu' 'KLEC01061'
mean 1.4 1.5 1.8
std. deviation 0.08 0.06 0.11

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Calibrachoa: 'Sunbelkupichi' (left) with reference varieties 'Sunbelriapu' (centre) and 'KLEC01061' (right)

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Calibrachoa: 'Sunbelkupichi' (left) with reference varieties 'Sunbelriapu' (centre) and 'KLEC01061' (right)

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