Denomination: 'USCAL48804'
Trade name: Superbells Pink Gem
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: 2009-03-27
Application Number: 09-6586
Grant of Rights Date: 2011-08-19
Certificate Number: 4137
Date rights surrendered: 2014-08-19

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'USCALI212-1' (Superbells Cherry Blossom)

Summary: The plants of 'USCAL48804' are taller than those of 'USCALI212-1'. The leaves of 'USCAL48804' are smaller than those of 'USCALI212-1'. The upper side of the corolla lobes of 'USCAL48804' are white with light blue violet blush and purple at the transition to the corolla tube while those of 'USCALI212-1' are light blue pink with white tones and purple red at the transition to the corolla tube.


PLANT: upright growth habit

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

SEPAL: no anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: single type
COROLLA: weak degree of lobing, pink veins, two colours on upper side
COROLLA LOBE: white (RHS NN155C) with light blue violet (RHS 69C) blush and purple (RHS N74A-71B) at transition to corolla tube on upper side, weak conspicuosness of veins on upper side, white (RHS NN155C) with light blue violet (RHS 69C) blush on lower side, weakly cuspidate apex
COROLLA TUBE: light yellow (RHS 10B) on inner side, medium to strong conspicuousness of veins on inner side

Origin & Breeding History: 'USCAL48804' originated from a controlled cross between the female parent proprietary seedling designated 'CJ05-48' and the male parent proprietary seedling designated 'C377-04' conducted in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan on May 8, 2005. The new variety is the product of a planned breeding program developed by the breeder, Ushio Sakazaki, in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan. 'USCAL48804' was selected as a single plant from the resultant progeny on July 6, 2006 in Bonsall, California, United States based on flowering time, growth habit and summer performance. The new variety 'USCAL48804' was first propagated by vegetative cuttings on July 10, 2006, in Bonsall, California, United States.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'USCAL48804' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2010 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 21, 2010. 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, 2010. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'USCAL48804' with reference variety 'USCALI212-1'

Plant height (cm)

  'USCAL48804' 'USCALI212-1'
mean 21.3 16.3
std. deviation 1.54 1.85

Leaf length (cm)

  'USCAL48804' 'USCALI212-1'
mean 2.1 2.8
std. deviation 0.11 0.34

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'USCAL48804' 'USCALI212-1'
mean 0.7 1.0
std. deviation 0.05 0.11

Colour of upper side of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'USCAL48804' 'USCALI212-1'
main NN155C with 69C blush 62C with NN155C tones
secondary N74A-71B at transition to corolla tube N66B-63A at transition to corolla tube

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Calibrachoa: 'USCAL48804' (left) with reference variety 'USCALI212-1' (right)

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Calibrachoa: 'USCAL48804' (left) with reference variety 'USCALI212-1' (right)

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Calibrachoa: 'USCAL48804' (left) with reference variety 'USCALI212-1' (right)

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