Cherry Lemonade


Denomination: 'Cherry Lemonade'
Trade name: Sunshine Cherry
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: 06-5336
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-08-17
Certificate Number: 2868
Date rights surrendered: 2012-09-06

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Limerock Ruby'

Summary: Flowers of 'Cherry Lemonade' have a shorter peduncle, a smaller diameter and fewer ray florets than those of 'Limerock Ruby'. The main colour of the lower side of the ray floret of 'Cherry Lemonade' is brown red, whereas it is blue pink for 'Limerock Ruby'.


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 upper and lower sides, moderate pubescence on upper and 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 at base, incurving to slightly twisted longitudinal axis for the majority, obovate, emarginated apex with two notches or mammilate, weak recurvature of tip, dark purple red on the upper side and brown red on the lower side, light yellow brown veins, very weak pubescence on outer side
FLORET DISC: present

Origin & Breeding History: 'Cherry Lemonade' was 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 'Cherry 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 'Cherry Lemonade' with reference variety 'Limerock Ruby'

Peduncle length (cm)

  'Cherry Lemonade' 'Limerock Ruby'
mean 3.1 4.3
std. deviation 0.25 0.49

Flower head diameter (cm)

  'Cherry Lemonade' 'Limerock Ruby'
mean 2.5 3.0
std. deviation 0.12 0.20

Ray floret length (cm)

  'Cherry Lemonade' 'Limerock Ruby'
mean 1.1 1.5
std. deviation 0.08 0.08

Diameter of disc (mm)

  'Cherry Lemonade' 'Limerock Ruby'
mean 5.0 6.4
std. deviation 0.47 0.52

Main colour of ray florets (RHS)

  'Cherry Lemonade' 'Limerock Ruby'
upper side 53A 60A with tones of 53A
lower side 181C with 181A at margin edge 186C with 186A at margin

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Cherry Lemonade
Coreopsis: 'Cherry Lemonade' (left) with reference variety 'Limerock Ruby' (right)

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