Denomination: 'Suncalred'
Trade name: Million Bells Mounding Red Improved
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: 2011-03-23
Application Number: 11-7235
Grant of Rights Date: 2013-08-19
Certificate Number: 4604
Date rights surrendered: 2014-07-31

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Sunbelrireni' (Million Bells Mounding Red)

Summary: The flowers of 'Suncalred' are smaller than those of 'Sunbelrireni'. The lower side of the corolla lobes of 'Suncalred' are a lighter brown purple than those of 'Sunbelrireni'. The inner side of the corolla tube of 'Suncalred' is yellow with a lip extending onto the corolla lobes while that of 'Sunbelrireni' is yellow orange with brown purple at the transition to the corolla lobes.


PLANT: upright to trailing growth habit

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

SEPAL: no anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: single, strong degree of lobing, one colour on upper side
COROLLA LOBE: upper side dark pink red (RHS 53C) with red (RHS 46C) tones, weak to medium conspicuousness of veins on upper side, lower side brown purple (RHS 185D) with darker brown purple (RHS 184D) tones, cuspidate apex
COROLLA TUBE: yellow (RHS 9A) on inner side and on small lip at transition to corolla lobes, weak conspisuousness of veins on inner side

Origin & Breeding History: 'Suncalred' originated from a controlled pollination of the proprietary variety 'C8-6' with the proprietary variety '3785-4' in an isolated area in April 2008. Seeds from the pollination were germinated and grown to maturity. In September 2009, one plant was selected by the breeder based on its growth habit and flower colour. The selected plant was propagated by cuttings and grown in pots from April to September 2010 to examine its characteristics. As a result, this new Calibrachoa variety was named 'Suncalred'.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Suncalred' were conducted during the summer of 2012 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 20 plants each of the candidate and reference variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 30 cm hanging baskets on May 15, 2012. Each basket contained 4 cuttings with a total of 5 baskets per variety. All baskets were flowered in an outdoor area. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on June 25, 2012. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Suncalred' with reference variety 'Sunbelrireni'

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Suncalred' 'Sunbelrireni'
mean 2.9 3.3
std. deviation 0.11 0.18

Colour of lower side of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'Suncalred' 'Sunbelrireni'
main 185D with tones of 184D 184C-D

Colour of corolla tube (RHS)

  'Suncalred' 'Sunbelrireni'
inner side 9A with lip 13A with 183A at transition to lobes

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Calibrachoa: 'Suncalred' (left) with reference variety 'Sunbelrireni' (right)

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Calibrachoa: 'Suncalred' (left) with reference variety 'Sunbelrireni' (right)

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