Denomination: 'Jane'
Botanical Name: Hydrangea paniculata
Applicant/Holder: Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc.
12601 120th Avenue
Grand Haven, Michigan
United States of America
Breeder: Timothy D. Wood, Spring Lake, 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: 2009-07-15
Application Number: 09-6685
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-08-27
Certificate Number: 3914
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2028-08-27

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Limelight'

Summary: The plants of 'Jane' are shorter than 'Limelight'. The colour of the fully opened and aged large calyx of 'Jane' is a light green colour while it is mainly a white colour in 'Limelight'.


PLANT: upright growth habit, absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration on the stem

LEAF: medium green on upperside, no variegation, weak glossiness on upper side, absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration, ovate shape, acuminate apex, rounded base, no lobing, serrate incisions on the margin, weak anthocyanin colouration on the petiole

INFLORESCENCE: inconspicuous small calyx, conical shape, weak anthocyanin colouration on the peduncle
LARGE CALYX: weak intensity of colouration, light green (RHS 145A-B) when newly opened, light green (RHS 145B-C) with yellow green (RHS 1D) along the margin when fully opened, light green (RHS 145C) with pink spots near the margin when aged, 4 sepals, very weak overlapping of sepals present, no incisions on margins of sepals
SMALL CALYX: weak intensity of colouration, yellowish green (RHS 144A), weak intensity of colouration of the anthers

Origin & Breeding History: 'Jane' originated from an open pollination of the female parent 'Limelight Variegated' with pollen from an unknown male parent during August 2005 in Grand Haven, Michigan, USA by the breeder Timothy D. Wood. The new cultivar was selected in the summer of 2007 based on its compact growth habit, dense branching, flower colour and stem strength.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Jane' were conducted in an irrigated outdoor container trial during the summer of 2009 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 8 plants of the candidate variety and 5 of the reference variety. All plants were grown in 11.4 litre containers. Trials were arranged with 1 meter spacing between plants. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plant parts of each variety on July 28, 2009. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Jane' with reference variety 'Limelight'

Plant height (cm)

  'Jane' 'Limelight'
mean 63.5 91.8
std. deviation 5.01 6.26

Large calyx colour (RHS)

  'Jane' 'Limelight'
fully opened 145B-C with 1D at margin 155A with green tones of 145C
aged 145C with pink spots near margin 155A with pink blush

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Hydrangea: 'Jane' (left) with reference variety 'Limelight' (right)

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Hydrangea: 'Jane' (left) with reference variety 'Limelight' (right)

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