|Trade name:||Million Bells Mounding Tropical Delight|
Suntory Flowers Limited
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Takeshi Kanaya, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
Yasuyuki Murakami, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
|Agent in Canada:||
38723 Fingal Line
St. Thomas, Ontario
|Grant of Rights Date:||2014-09-29|
|Date rights surrendered:||2015-09-29|
Variety used for comparison: 'USCALI413-4' (Superbells Saffron)
Summary: The leaf of 'Sunbel 0778' is longer than the leaf of 'USCALI413-4'. The flower of 'Sunbel 0778' has a larger corolla diameter with longer sepals than the flower of 'USCALI413-4'. The main colour of the inner side of the corolla lobe of 'Sunbel 0778' is yellow to yellow green with orange red veins and dark yellow secondary veins whereas the inner side of the corolla lobe of 'USCALI413-4' is darker yellow. The veins on the inner side of the corolla tube of 'Sunbel 0778' are less conspicuous then the veins on the inner side of the corolla tube of 'USCALI413-4'.
PLANT: upright to creeping growth habit with overall mounding appearance
LEAF BLADE: broad acute apex, no variegation, medium to dark green on upper side
SEPAL: no anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: single type, medium to strong degree of lobing, red veins
COROLLA LOBE: two colours on upper side, main colour of inner side is yellow to yellow green (RHS N3C-D) with orange red (RHS N34A-B) veins and yellow (RHS 3B) secondary veins, secondary colour of inner side is brown purple (closest to RHS 183A), distribution of secondary colour is in area of transition to corolla tube, medium to strong conspicuousness of veins on inner side, outer side is yellow green (RHS 3D) with brown (RHS 200A) veins, cuspidate apex
COROLLA TUBE: inner side is yellow (RHS 9A) with dark brown (RHS 200A-B) veins, medium conspicuousness of veins on inner side
Origin & Breeding History: 'Sunbel 0778' was bred by controlled pollination of proprietary Calibrachoa selection designated '7056-2' as the female parent and proprietary Calibrachoa selection designated 'LPY0' as the male parent. The cross took place in April 2008 in an isolated area of the OMI Research and Development Centre of Suntory Flowers Ltd., in Shiga, Japan. Seeds resulting from the cross were germinated and grown to maturity. In September 2009, one plant was selected for its growth habit and flower colour. The selected plant was propagated by vegetative cutting and grown in pots in order to examine its botanical characteristics during trials conducted between April 2010 and September 2011. The new variety of Calibrachoa was named 'Sunbel 0778'.
Tests & Trials: The trial for 'Sunbel 0778' was conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2013 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. There were a total of 20 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 30 cm diameter hanging baskets on May 7, 2013. Each basket contained 4 cuttings with a total of 5 baskets per variety. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants or parts of plants on June 2, 2013. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) Colour Chart.
Comparison tables for 'Sunbel 0778' with reference variety 'USCALI413-4'
Leaf length (cm)
Sepal length (cm)
Flower diameter (cm)
Colour of inner side of corolla lobe (RHS)
|main colour||3C-D with N34A-B veins and 3B secondary veins||6A-B|
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