Denomination: 'Sunbelkuriho'
Trade name: Million Bells Trailing Ice
Botanical Name: Calibrachoa
Applicant/Holder: Suntory Flowers Limited
Administrative Division
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Breeder: Takeshi Kanaya, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
Yasuyuki Murakami, 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: 2008-03-07
Application Number: 08-6218
Date Withdrawn: 2010-10-18

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Sunbelkuho' (Million Bells Trailing White)

Summary: The plants of 'Sunbelkuriho' are wider than those of 'Sunbelkuho'. 'Sunbelkuriho' has longer pedicels and corolla tubes than 'Sunbelkuho'.


PLANT: trailing growth habit

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

SEPAL: lanceolate, no anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: single, salverform
COROLLA: medium degree of lobing, one colour on upper side
COROLLA LOBE: upper side white (RHS NN155D) with absent or very weak veins, lower side white (RHS 155D), truncate apex
COROLLA TUBE: inner side yellow (RHS 6B) with very weak to weak conspicuousness of veins

Origin & Breeding History: 'Sunbelkuriho' originated as a sport of the variety 'Sunbelbura'. It was discovered in September 2002 at Higashiomi-shi, Shiga, Japan and selected based on its flower colour. The discovered plant was propagated by cuttings and grown in pots. A trial was carried out from April to September 2003 at Higashiomi-shi, Shiga, Japan. The botanical characteristics of that plant were examined and found to be distinguishable from any other varieties. The new Calibrachoa variety was was named 'Sunbelkuriho'.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Sunbelkuriho' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2009 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 20 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted in to 30 cm hanging baskets on May 21, 2009. 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 8, 2009. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Sunbelkuriho' with reference variety 'Sunbelkuho'

Plant width (cm)

  'Sunbelkuriho' 'Sunbelkuho'
mean 52.2 46.7
std. deviation 2.28 2.77

Pedicel length (cm)

  'Sunbelkuriho' 'Sunbelkuho'
mean 2.5 1.5
std. deviation 0.30 0.31

Corolla tube length (cm)

  'Sunbelkuriho' 'Sunbelkuho'
mean 2.0 1.7
std. deviation 0.12 0.16

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Calibrachoa: 'Sunbelkuriho' (left) with reference variety 'Sunbelkuho' (right)

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Calibrachoa: 'Sunbelkuriho' (left) with reference variety 'Sunbelkuho' (right)

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