Dark Bronze Cherie


Denomination: 'Dark Bronze Cherie'
Botanical Name: Chrysanthemum ×morifolium
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Nancy McGaughey, SVS Greenhouses, Brantford, Ontario
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2006-03-31
Application Number: 06-5405
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-03-19
Certificate Number: 3814
Date rights surrendered: 2014-02-24

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Bronze Cherie'

Summary: The intensity of colour on the flower head of 'Dark Bronze Cherie' is medium to dark while that of 'Bronze Cherie' is light to medium intensity. 'Dark Bronze Cherie' differs from 'Bronze Cherie' in the colour of the upper and lower sides of the ray florets.


PLANT: year round cultivation for pot production, pinched type, spray flowering type, 8 week response group
STEM: green

LEAF: obtuse and truncate base, diverging margins of sinus between lateral lobes, medium green

FLOWER HEAD: semi-double daisy type, chromatic self, bronze colour group, medium to deep intensity of colour, sparse to medium density of ray florets
RAY FLORETS: ligulate, straight to slightly incurving longitudinal axis of majority, weak curvature, flat to convex at margins in cross section, emarginate and weakly dentate tip, brown red to orange brown with strong overlay of dark purple red in diffuse stripes and mottled on upper side when newly opened, yellow brown fading to light yellow brown with medium overlay of brown red in diffuse stripes and mottled on upper side when fully opened, light yellow brown underlaid with brown red on lower side when newly opened, light yellow underlaid with brown red on lower side when fully opened
DISC: yellow-green before anther dehiscence, medium yellow at anther dehiscence
DIST FLORETS: enlarged tubular

Origin & Breeding History: 'Dark Bronze Cherie' originated from a naturally occurring whole plant mutation of the parent variety 'Apricot Cherie'. The new variety was discovered and selected by the breeder, Annette Nancy McGaughey, in February 2003, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Selection of 'Dark Bronze Cherie' was based on plant growth habit, inflorescence type, floret and foliage colour, response time and profuse flower production. Asexual reproduction of the variety by vegetative tip cuttings was first conducted in Brantford, Ontario, Canada in May 2003.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Dark Bronze Cherie' were conducted in Leamington, Ontario, in the fall of 2008. Flowering trials were performed under greenhouse conditions similar to those used in commercial chrysanthemum production. Forty unrooted cuttings of both the candidate and reference varieties were directly stuck into 15 cm pots, with 4 cuttings per pot, 10 pots per variety, planted August 18, 2008. Plants were spaced 30 cm apart and pinched once prior to short day treatment. All plants had the center bud removed. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on November 3, 2008. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Dark Bronze Cherie' with reference variety 'Bronze Cherie'

Colour of upper side of ray florets (RHS)

  'Dark Bronze Cherie' 'Bronze Cherie'
main - newly opened 179B-C 163C-13C
secondary - newly opened strong overlay of 53B weak overlay of 180D
main - fully opened 167D fading to 163C 10B
secondary - fully opened medium overlay of redder than 181B very weak overlay of 180D

Colour of lower side of ray florets (RHS)

  'Dark Bronze Cherie' 'Bronze Cherie'
newly opened 162B underlaid with 181C-D 10B underlaid with 180D
fully opened 10B-C underlaid with 180D 10C with very weak 180D

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Dark Bronze Cherie
Chrysanthemum: 'Dark Bronze Cherie' (left) with reference variety 'Bronze Cherie' (right)

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Dark Bronze Cherie
Chrysanthemum: 'Dark Bronze Cherie' (left) with reference variety 'Bronze Cherie' (right)

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