Strawberry Lemonade


Denomination: 'Strawberry Lemonade'
Trade name: Sunshine Strawberry
Botanical Name: Coreopsis
Applicant/Holder: Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.
10051 S. Macksburg Rd.
Canby, Oregon
United States of America
Breeder: Harini Korlipara, Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc., Canby, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2006-03-21
Application Number: 06-5335
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-08-17
Certificate Number: 2867
Date rights surrendered: 2012-09-06

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Limerock Ruby' and 'Heaven's Gate'

Summary: The degree of branching in plants of 'Strawberry Lemonade' is stronger than in 'Limerock Ruby' and weaker than in 'Heaven's Gate'. 'Strawberry Lemonade' has shorter peduncles, narrower flower heads, shorter ray florets and smaller discs than the reference varieties.


PLANT: upright compact mounding habit, dense degree of branching

STEM: light to medium green, absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration, medium to dense pubescence, thin, smooth surface

LEAF: opposite, simple
LEAF BLADE: linear, acute apex, attenuate base, entire margin, no variegation, yellow green on the upper and lower sides, sparse pubescence on the upper side, moderate pubescence on the lower side, very weak glaucosity
PETIOLE: absent

PEDUNCLE: absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration, very sparse pubescence
INFLORESCENCE: solitary type
FLOWER: terminal position on flowering stem, erect attitude
RAY FLORET: open to touching, straight to slightly twisted longitudinal axis for the majority, obovate, emarginated apex with two notches or mammilate, absent to very weak recurvature of tip, dark purple red on the upper side, blue pink on the lower side with brown purple on margins and veins, very weak pubescence on outer side
FLORET DISC: present

Origin & Breeding History: 'Strawberry Lemonade' was discovered and developed by the breeder Harini Korlipara, an employee of Terra Nova Nurseries Inc., in Canby, Oregon, U.S.A. The new variety originated from a proprietary seedling placed in tissue culture. The new variety was selected in June 2004 based on flower colour.

Tests & Trials: The test and trial for 'Strawberry Lemonade' was conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2006 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 15 plants of each variety. Rooted cuttings were transplanted into 15 cm pots on May 25, 2006. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on August 31, 2006. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Strawberry Lemonade' with reference varieties 'Limerock Ruby' and 'Heaven's Gate'

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Strawberry Lemonade' 'Limerock Ruby' 'Heaven's Gate'
mean 3.5 3.3 3.8
std. deviation 0.15 0.40 0.19

Peduncle length (cm)

  'Strawberry Lemonade' 'Limerock Ruby' 'Heaven's Gate'
mean 3.1 4.3 5.9
std. deviation 0.28 0.49 0.69

Flower head diameter (cm)

  'Strawberry Lemonade' 'Limerock Ruby' 'Heaven's Gate'
mean 2.4 3.0 3.9
std. deviation 0.18 0.20 0.20

Ray floret length (cm)

  'Strawberry Lemonade' 'Limerock Ruby' 'Heaven's Gate'
mean 1.1 1.5 1.8
std. deviation 0.14 0.08 0.08

Diameter of disc (mm)

  'Strawberry Lemonade' 'Limerock Ruby' 'Heaven's Gate'
mean 4.9 6.4 8.9
std. deviation 0.57 0.52 0.74

Colour of ray florets (RHS)

  'Strawberry Lemonade' 'Limerock Ruby' 'Heaven's Gate'
main colour - upper side 60A with tones darker than 59A 60A with tones of 53A 70B near apex with 71C at base
main colour - lower side 186C 186C 76C to 155C with streaks of N74C
margin & veins - lower side 186A 186A N/A

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Strawberry Lemonade
Coreopsis: 'Strawberry Lemonade' (left) with reference varieties 'Limerock Ruby' (centre) and 'Heaven's Gate' (right)

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