Denomination: 'Berrylicious'
Botanical Name: Hibiscus
Applicant/Holder: Walters Gardens, Inc.
1992 96th Avenue
P.O. Box 137
Zeeland, Michigan
United States of America
Breeder: Clarence H. Falstad, Walters Gardens, Inc., Holland, United States of America
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2011-05-03
Application Number: 11-7273
Date Withdrawn: 2014-11-17

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Plum Crazy'

Summary: The plants of 'Berrylicious’ are shorter than those of 'Plum Crazy’. The leaf blade of 'Berrylicious’ is shorter than that of 'Plum Crazy’. The upper side of the leaf blade of 'Berrylicious’ is medium green with absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration while that of 'Plum Crazy’ is dark green with strong anthocyanin colouration. The flower of 'Berrylicious' is smaller in diameter than that of 'Plum Crazy'. The petals of 'Berrylicious’ are smaller than those of 'Plum Crazy’. The upper side of the petal of 'Berrylicious’ is blue pink while that of 'Plum Crazy’ is darker blue pink with a purple secondary colour. The eye zone of 'Berrylicious’ is purple red to dark brown whereas it is dark brown for 'Plum Crazy’. The stigma pad of 'Berrylicious' is pink to medium red whereas it is dark red for 'Plum Crazy'. The time of beginning of flowering for 'Berrylicious’ is mid-season while it is late season for 'Plum Crazy’.


PLANT: upright and bushy, medium branching
BRANCH: upright attitude, green and red on upper third

LEAF BLADE: upper side is light green, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on upper side, no variegation, palmate, cordate base, acute apex, lobing present, moderate undulation of margin, serrate incisions of margin, shallow depth of incisions of margin

FLOWER: single type, purple, medium overlapping of petals
EYE ZONE: type 2, small to medium sized, purple red to dark brown (RHS 63A-N186C)
PETAL: type 3 shape, upper and lower side is blue pink (RHS 186C), absent or very weak serration, weak undulation of margin, no fading of colour
STAMINAL COLUMN: white, identical colour at the base compared to main colour
STIGMA PAD: pink to medium red

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Berrylicious' originated from a population of complex hybrid Hibiscus seedlings that resulted from seed collected from open pollinated plants of H. moscheutos, H. coccineus and H. laevis in Zeeland, Michigan, USA. The variety 'Berrylicious’ originated from a controlled cross conducted between the proprietary hybrid '05-21-01’ (female parent) and the proprietary hybrid ’04-18-06’ (male pollen parent) on August 6, 2007 in Zeeland, Michigan, USA. The selection was made in August 2009 and was based on heavy substance, large, lavender flowers, good branching and a long flowering season. Further propagation will be done by shoot tip cuttings and tissue culture.

Tests & Trials: Trials for ’Berrylicious’ were conducted outside and the plants were moved inside a polyhouse in July during the summer of 2013 at Variety Rights Management in Oxford Station, Ontario. The trial included 15 plants each of the candidate and reference variety. All plants were grown from bare root plants and transplanted into 23 cm pots in early May of 2013. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety in late August of 2013. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Berrylicious' with reference variety 'Plum Crazy'

Plant height (cm)

  'Berrylicious' 'Plum Crazy'
mean 92.0 108.4
std. deviation 6.38 10.57

Leaf length (cm)

  'Berrylicious' 'Plum Crazy'
mean 12.6 14.1
std. deviation 0.48 1.27

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Berrylicious' 'Plum Crazy'
mean 19.7 22.8
std. deviation 1.22 1.13

Petal length (cm)

  'Berrylicious' 'Plum Crazy'
mean 9.5 11.1
std. deviation 0.49 0.35

Petal width (cm)

  'Berrylicious' 'Plum Crazy'
mean 12.5 14.2
std. deviation 0.61 0.57

Colour of upper side of petal (RHS)

  'Berrylicious' 'Plum Crazy'
main 186C N74C
secondary N/A N74B
eye zone 63A-N186C N186C

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Hibiscus: 'Berrylicious' (left) with reference variety 'Plum Crazy' (right)

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