Brother Edward

Hydrangea

Denomination: 'Brother Edward'
Trade name: Gatsby's Moon
Botanical Name: Hydrangea quercifolia
Applicant/Holder: Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc.
12601 120th Avenue
Grand Haven, Michigan
49417
United States of America
Breeder: Doug Hill, Cleveland, United States of America
Brenda Hill, Cleveland, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Canada
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2012-08-23
Application Number: 12-7709
Grant of Rights Date: 2016-10-13
Certificate Number: 5348
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2036-10-13

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Vaughn's Lillie'

Summary: The leaf blade of 'Brother Edward' is larger than the leaf blade of 'Vaughn's Lillie'. The depth of the sinus between the lobes of the leaf blade is medium deep for 'Brother Edward' whereas the sinus is weak to medium depth for 'Vaughn's Lillie'. When newly open, the inner side of the sepal of the sterile flower is light green for 'Brother Edward' whereas the sepal of 'Vaughn's Lillie' is yellow green. When fully open, the inner side of the sepal of the sterile flower is white whereas the sepal of 'Vaughn's Lillie' is white with a yellow green blush.

Description:

PLANT: non-climbing type, upright to spreading growth habit, begins flowering early
STEM: no fasciation, brownish, many lenticels, light brown lenticels

LEAF BLADE: lobing present, sinus between lobes is medium depth, medium length tip, shallow incisions of margin, no variegation, medium green upper side, absent or weak glossiness, weak blistering between veins

INFLORESCENCE: conical shape, inconspicuous or slightly conspicuous fertile flowers
STERILE FLOWER: single type, strong degree of overlapping of sepals, incisions of margin are absent on all sepals
SEPAL OF STERILE FLOWER (INNER SIDE): light green (more yellow than RHS 145C) when newly open, white (RHS 155C) when fully open, white (RHS 155C) with light blue pink (RHS 65B-C) tones when aged, no secondary colour

Origin & Breeding History: 'Brother Edward' was discovered and developed by the breeders, Doug Hill and Brenda Hill, in Cleveland, Alabama, USA. It originated from an open pollinated cross that occurred in 1988 between Hydrangea quercifolia, as the female parent, and an unknown male parent. 'Brother Edward' was selected in 1993 for its large sterile flowers, a full inflorescence, flower colour, and compact plant growth habit. Asexual reproduction of 'Brother Edward' by softwood cuttings was first conducted in July 2004 in Cleveland, Alabama, USA.

Tests & Trials: The comparative trial for 'Brother Edward' was conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2015 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 10 shrubs each of the candidate and reference variety. All shrubs were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 13.2 litre containers on June 19, 2013. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants or parts of plants of each variety on June 4, 2015. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.


Comparison tables for 'Brother Edward' with reference variety 'Vaughn's Lillie'

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Brother Edward' 'Vaughn's Lillie'
mean 22.6 18.3
std. deviation 1.01 0.61

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Brother Edward' 'Vaughn's Lillie'
mean 22.8 17.1
std. deviation 1.55 1.01

Colour of inner side of sepal from sterile flower (RHS)

  'Brother Edward' 'Vaughn's Lillie'
newly open more yellow than 145C more green than 150C
fully open 155C closest to 155B with 150C blush
aged 155C with 65B-C tones closest to 155B with 150C blush and 65B-C tones

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Brother Edward
Hydrangea: 'Brother Edward' (left) with reference variety 'Vaughn's Lillie' (right)

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Brother Edward
Hydrangea: 'Brother Edward' (left) with reference variety 'Vaughn's Lillie' (right)

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