Denomination: 'HJ-06-04-OP'
Trade name: Northern Light
Botanical Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Applicant/Holder: Buffinga, Henry
R.R. #2
Seaforth, Ontario
N0K 1W0
Breeder: Henry Buffinga, Seaforth, Ontario
Application Date: 2006-05-01
Application Number: 06-5459
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-05-27
Certificate Number: 3217
Date rights revoked: 2011-10-18

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Rum Runner'

Summary: The leaves of 'HJ-06-04-OP' have deeper incisions of the blade margin than 'Rum Runner'. The petals of 'HJ-06-04-OP' are more overlapping than those of 'Rum Runner'. 'HJ-04-06-OP' belongs to the orange and pink flower colour group while 'Rum Runner' belongs to the red pink and purple flower colour group. The margin on the upper side of the petals is orange to orange pink for 'HJ-06-04-OP' while it is red to dark pink red for 'Rum Runner'. The middle part on the upper side of the petals of 'HJ-06-04-OP' is purple red with darker purple red veins fading to light blue pink and white towards the base while that of 'Rum Runner' is brown purple fading to lighter brown purple towards the base. The petals of 'HJ-06-04-OP' have a medium size, dark pink red basal spot while those of 'Rum Runner' have a large, very dark purple red basal spot.


PLANT: medium dense branching, upright attitude of branches
STEM: medium green changing to tan/dark brown when mature, medium to strong anthocyanin colouration, absent or very sparse pubescence

LEAF: simple type, alternate arrangement along the stem
LEAF BLADE: medium green, no variegation, sparse pubescence, ovate to cordate, cordate base, acute apex
LEAF BLADE MARGIN: weak undulation, crenate, shallow to medium deep incisions

FLOWER: single type, more than two coloured, orange and pink colour group, medium to strong overlapping of petals
PETAL: spatulate, orange to orange pink margin on upper side, purple red with darker purple red veins on middle part of upper side fading to light blue pink and white towards base, colour fades at maturity
PETAL BASAL SPOT: medium size, dark pink red fading to lighter pink red at maturity
STIGMA: orange red
STYLE: light yellow orange with red pink at base
ANTHER: yellow orange after dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'HJ-06-04-OP' originated from a cross between Hibiscus variety 'HJ-00-02' as the female parent and variety 'HJ-00-03' as the male parent. This hand pollinated cross was conducted by the breeder, Henry Buffinga, at H & J Buffinga Farm in Seaforth, Ontario in November 2002. 'HJ-06-04-OP' was selected for its colour and the persistance of its flowers.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'HJ-06-04-OP' were conducted in a polyhouse during the winter of 2006-2007 at H & J Buffinga Farm in Seaforth, Ontario. There were ten (10) plants of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown in 17 cm pots. Measured characteristics were based on measurements taken from 10 plants or parts of plants on April 11, 2007. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'HJ-06-04-OP' with reference variety 'Rum Runner'

Petal colour on upper side (RHS)

  'HJ-06-04-OP' 'Rum Runner'
margin 29B-28C 47B-C with 52A veins
middle 55B with 55A veins fading to 62C/N155B towards base 186B fading to 186C towards base
basal spot 53C-D darker than 185A and close to 187A at base

Petal colour on upper side at maturity (RHS)

  'HJ-06-04-OP' 'Rum Runner'
margin 24C, 28D 24D, 22D
middle 62C vein area fading to 155B towards base 75B with transition to 69D at base
basal spot 53C 185A

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Hibiscus: 'HJ-06-04-OP' (left) with reference variety 'Rum Runner' (right)

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