Denomination: 'Berner'
Trade name: Let's Dance Big Easy
Botanical Name: Hydrangea macrophylla
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: 2010-08-05
Application Number: 10-7042
Grant of Rights Date: 2013-06-19
Certificate Number: 4526
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2031-06-19

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Robert' (Let's Dance Moonlight)

Summary: The leaf of 'Berner' is light to medium green while the leaf of 'Robert' is medium to dark green. The sterile flower of 'Berner' has incisions on the margins of all sepals while the sterile flower of 'Robert' has incisions present on some sepals only. The sepal on the sterile flower of 'Berner' is light blue pink with an overlay of blue pink when fully opened while the sepal of 'Robert' is violet with white at the base when fully opened.


PLANT: non-climbing, upright growth habit
STEM: no fasciation, green, lenticels red

LEAF BLADE: no lobing, elliptic, short to medium length tip, acute base, shallow to medium depth of incisions, no variegation, light to medium green, absent or weak glossiness, weak blistering

INFLORESCENCE: globular, inconspicuous or slightly inconspicuous fertile flowers, flowers early
STERILE FLOWER: single, medium overlapping of sepals, margin incisions present on all sepals, newly opened sepal light blue pink (RHS 62B) with yellow green (RHS 150C-D) at base, fully opened sepal light blue pink (RHS 73D) overlaid with blue pink to light blue pink (RHS 73B-C), white secondary colour at base
FERTILE FLOWER: yellow-green.

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Berner' originated from an open pollinated cross made in Grand Haven, Michigan, USA in July 2003. The female parent was the variety 'Bailmer' and the male parent was unknown. The new cultivar was selected in May 2005 based on criteria for inflorescence size, sepal size, stem strength, foliage appearance and excellent reblooming. Asexual reproduction by softwood cuttings was first conducted in June 2005.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Berner' were conducted during the spring of 2012, in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 10 plants of each variety. All plants were grown from quick turn liners transplanted into 13 litre containers in June 2011. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on May 18, 2012. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison table for 'Berner' with reference variety 'Robert'

Colour of sterile flower (RHS)

  'Berner' 'Robert'
fully opened 73D overlaid with 73B-C 75B with NN155A at base

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Hydrangea: 'Berner' (left) with reference variety 'Robert' (right)

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Hydrangea: 'Berner' (left) with reference variety 'Robert' (right)

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Hydrangea: 'Berner' (left) with reference variety 'Robert' (right)

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