Balcebibu

Impatiens

Denomination: 'Balcebibu'
Trade name: Celebration Icy Blue
Botanical Name: Impatiens hawkeri
Applicant/Holder: Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois
60185
United States of America
Breeder: Leslie Heffron, Arroyo Grande, 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: 2008-02-28
Application Number: 08-6199
Date Withdrawn: 2010-09-24

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Kialdan' (Paradise Light Lavender) and 'Harmony Lavender'

Summary: The upper side of the leaf blade of 'Balcebibu' has no anthocyanin colouration while that of 'Harmony Lavender' has weak anthocyanin colouration at the base of the midrib. 'Balcebibu' has no anthocyanin colouration on the veins and midrib on the lower side of the leaf blade while 'Harmony Lavender' has anthocyanin colouration ranging from weak to medium. The upper side of the petiole of 'Balcebibu' has no anthocyanin while that of 'Harmony Lavender' has weak anthocyanin colouration. 'Balcebibu' differs from both reference varieties in the main colour of the upper and lower sides of the petals. The flowers of 'Balcebibu' have a medium to large eye zone while those of 'Kialdan' have a small to medium sized eye zone.

Description:

SHOOT: no anthocyanin colouration on upper third

LEAF BLADE: no variegation, medium green to dark green on upper side, no anthocyanin colouration on upper side, only green between veins on lower side, no anthocyanin colouration on midrib or veins on lower side
PETIOLE: no anthocyanin colouration on upper side

FLOWER: single, one coloured, violet to light blue violet (RHS 84B-C) with white (RHS 155A) around the base of all petals on the upper side, light blue violet (RHS 76D) on lower side, medium to large white eye zone
PEDICEL: no anthocyanin colouration
SPUR: no anthocyanin colouration, strong degree of curvature

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balcebibu' originated from a cross pollination between the female parent, proprietary breeding selection 8210-1 and the male parent, proprietary breeding selection 8302-1 conducted in December 2004. The new Impatiens originated as part of a controlled breeding program at Arroyo Grande, California, United States. The initial selection of 'Balcebibu' was made in May 2005 based on flower colour, performance in multiple environments, branching characteristics as well as growth habit and flowering time that fit the series. 'Balcebibu' has been propagated by vegetative cuttings since its selection.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Balcebibu' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2009 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Trials included 15 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. Rooted cuttings were transplanted into 15 cm pots on May 7, 2009. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on July 20, 2009. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.


Comparison table for 'Balcebibu' with reference varieties 'Kialdan' and 'Harmony Lavender'

Main colour of petals (RHS)

  'Balcebibu' 'Kialdan' 'Harmony Lavender'
upper side 84B-C N80C closest to N74B
lower side 76D 76B-C N74C with white tones

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Impatiens: 'Balcebibu' (left) with reference varieties 'Kialdan' (centre) and 'Harmony Lavender' (right)

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Impatiens: 'Balcebibu' (left) with reference varieties 'Kialdan' (centre) and 'Harmony Lavender' (right)

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Impatiens: 'Balcebibu' (left) with reference varieties 'Kialdan' (centre) and 'Harmony Lavender' (right)

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