Vacsid1

Huckleberry

Denomination: 'Vacsid1'
Botanical Name: Vaccinium ovatum
Applicant/Holder: Sidhu, Gurjit
9623 Sylvester Road
Mission, British Columbia
V2V 7K6
Canada
Breeder: Gurjit Sidhu, Mission, British Columbia
Application Date: 2012-06-08
Application Number: 12-7633
Grant of Rights Date: 2014-08-20
Certificate Number: 4855
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2032-08-20

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: Vaccinium ovatum and 'Thunderbird'

Summary: The vigour of the plant, which is considered as the overall abundance of vegetative growth, is weak for 'Vacsid1' whereas the vigour of the plant of Vaccinium ovatum is medium, and the vigour of the plant of 'Thunderbird' is medium to strong. The plant of 'Vacsid1' is shorter and narrower than the plants of Vaccinium ovatum and 'Thunderbird'. The one-year-old shoot of 'Vacsid1' is shorter than the one-year-old shoots of Vaccinium ovatum and 'Thunderbird'. The leaf blade of 'Vacsid1' is shorter and narrower than the leaf blades of Vaccinium ovatum and 'Thunderbird'.

Description:

PLANT: weak vigour or compact growth, semi-upright growth habit
ONE-YEAR OLD SHOOT: reddish brown

LEAF BLADE: ovate shape, length to width ratio is medium to large, upon opening colour of upper side is brown (RHS 172B, RHS 176C) and developing to brown green (RHS 146A), upper side of mature leaf blade is dark green, dentate margin

FLOWER BUD: strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA: small to medium size, medium to strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA TUBE: weak presence of ridges on outer side

FRUIT: medium size
FRUIT SKIN: medium green when fruit is unripe, dark blue after removal of bloom when fruit is ripe

Origin & Breeding History: 'Vacsid1' was discovered and developed by the breeder, Gurjit Sidhu, in Mission, British Columbia. It was discovered during the summer of 2006 as a branch mutation of the Vaccinium ovatum variety 'Thunderbird'. 'Vacsid1' was selected based on the red colouration of its new foliage, and compact plant growth habit. Vegetative reproduction of 'Vacsid1' was first conducted by micropropagation during the spring of 2007.

Tests & Trials: The trial of 'Vacsid1' was conducted as an outdoor container trial during the summer of 2013 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. It included a total of 8 shrubs each of the candidate and reference variety. All shrubs were grown from bare-root plants planted into 9 litre containers in June of 2012. The plants were over-wintered in a polyhouse, and moved outdoors during the spring of 2013 to a drip irrigated area, and arranged in rows with approximately 1 metre spacing between plants. Observations and measurements on the shoot, flower, and bud characteristics were taken from 8 plants or parts of plants of each variety on May 10, 2013. Observations and measurements on the plant and leaf characteristics were taken from 8 plants or parts of plants of each variety on July 22, 2013. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.


Comparison tables for 'Vacsid1' with reference varieties Vaccinium ovatum and 'Thunderbird'

Plant height (cm)

  'Vacsid1' Vaccinium ovatum 'Thunderbird'
mean 23.3 37.0 34.8
std. deviation 3.38 6.09 5.27

Plant width (cm)

  'Vacsid1' Vaccinium ovatum 'Thunderbird'
mean 29.9 47.9 40.6
std. deviation 4.90 5.72 10.62

One-year-old shoot length (cm)

  'Vacsid1' Vaccinium ovatum 'Thunderbird'
mean 13.3 25.8 25.0
std. deviation 2.22 3.08 2.55

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Vacsid1' Vaccinium ovatum 'Thunderbird'
mean 1.6 2.3 2.1
std. deviation 0.11 0.30 0.28

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Vacsid1' Vaccinium ovatum 'Thunderbird'
mean 1.1 1.3 1.4
std. deviation 0.08 0.14 0.12

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Huckleberry: 'Vacsid1' (left) with reference varieties Vaccinium ovatum (centre) and 'Thunderbird' (right)

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Huckleberry: 'Vacsid1' (left) with reference varieties Vaccinium ovatum (centre) and 'Thunderbird' (right)

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Huckleberry: 'Vacsid1' (left) with reference varieties Vaccinium ovatum (centre) and 'Thunderbird' (right)

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