Neil Z


Denomination: 'Neil Z'
Trade name: Pucker Up
Botanical Name: Cornus sericea subsp. sericea
Applicant/Holder: Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc.
12601 120th Avenue
Grand Haven, Michigan
United States of America
Breeder: Neil Zureick, Cincinnati, 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: 2011-11-01
Application Number: 11-7420
Grant of Rights Date: 2014-05-23
Certificate Number: 4767
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2032-05-23

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Cardinal'

Summary: The plants of 'Neil Z' have medium vigour while those of 'Cardinal' have very strong vigour. The new shoot of 'Neil Z' has dense pubescence while that of 'Cardinal' has absent to very sparse pubescence. The stem of 'Neil Z' has shorter internode length than that of 'Cardinal'. The leaf of 'Neil Z' is smaller than that of 'Cardinal'. The leaf of 'Neil Z' has very strong blistering while it is weak for 'Cardinal'. The petiole of 'Neil Z' is shorter than that of 'Cardinal'.


PLANT: medium vigour, erect growth habit
SHOOT: weak to strong anthocyanin colouration
ONE YEAR OLD SHOOT: light brown and green, medium thickness
NEW SHOOT: light green, dense pubescence

LEAF BLADE: elliptic, acute apex, obtuse base, absent or very few incisions of margin, absent to weak undulation of margin, very strong blistering, sparse pubescence on upper side, ranging from absent to sparse pubescence on lower side, brown green (darker than RHS 146A) on upper side in summer, no variegation, petiole present

FLOWER: not observed

Origin & Breeding History: 'Neil Z' originated from an open pollinated cross conducted between the female parent Cornus sericea subsp. sericea and pollen from an unknown male parent. 'Neil Z' was discovered and developed by the breeder Neil Zureick in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. The new cultivar was selected in September 2003 based on its compact plant habit, glossy foliage, small thick leaves and attractive red stem colour in the winter.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Neil Z' were conducted in an outdoor irrigated container trial during the spring-summer of 2013 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants of the candidate variety and 10 plants of the reference variety. All shrubs were grown from 'quick turn' liners, planted into 13.2 litre containers in June 2011. Observations and measurements were taken on June 1, 2013. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Neil Z' with reference variety 'Cardinal'

Internode length (cm)

  'Neil Z' 'Cardinal'
mean 1.8 10.2
std. deviation 0.35 1.55

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Neil Z' 'Cardinal'
mean 4.4 12.6
std. deviation 0.4 0.9

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Neil Z' 'Cardinal'
mean 2.5 6.7
std. deviation 0.15 0.35

Petiole length (cm)

  'Neil Z' 'Cardinal'
mean 0.7 2.4
std. deviation 0.08 0.42

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Dogwood: 'Neil Z' (left) with reference variety 'Cardinal' (right)

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Dogwood: 'Neil Z' (left) with reference variety 'Cardinal' (right)

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Dogwood: 'Neil Z' (left) with reference variety 'Cardinal' (right)

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