Gold Bar


Denomination: 'Gold Bar'
Botanical Name: Miscanthus sinensis
Applicant/Holder: Horn, Maurice
C/O Joy Creek Nursery
20300 North West, Wason Road
Scappoose, Oregon
United States of America
Tel: 503-543-7474

Christy, Scott
C/O Joy Creek Nursery
20300 NW Watson Road
Scappoose, Oregon
United States of America

Smith, Michael Vern
C/O Joy Creek Nursery
20300 NW Watson Road
Scappoose, Oregon
United States of America
Breeder: Horn Maurice, Horn, Maurice, Scappoose, United States of America
Scott Christy, Scappoose, United States of America
Michael Vern Smith, Scappoose, United States of America
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2004-12-06
Application Number: 04-4497
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-01-25
Certificate Number: 3114
Date rights revoked: 2010-06-10

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Strictus'

Summary: 'Gold Bar' has a denser growth habit than 'Strictus'. The plant height of 'Gold Bar' is shorter than 'Strictus'. 'Gold Bar' has a smaller leaf than 'Strictus'. The leaf of 'Gold Bar' has bands of yellow which are more numerous and closer together than in 'Strictus'.


PLANT: vegetatively propagated perennial, dense upright-bushy growth habit
STEM: medium green, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration, absent or very weak glaucosity, absent or very weak pubescence, medium thickness, smooth shape

LEAF: arranged alternately, simple type, linear shape, acute to acuminate apex, sheathed base, entire margin with short sharp bristles, absent or very weak glaucosity on upper side, medium green upper side, light green lower side, variegated in bands, no petiole, upper side predominantly brown green (RHS 137C/D, 138B) with bands of light yellow (RHS 10C/11C)

Origin & Breeding History: 'Gold Bar' was discovered as a seedling produced by the open pollination of Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus' in a cultivated area in a nursery in Scappoose, Oregon, USA in the summer of 1996. The variety was evaluated for seven years with the selection criteria being banding pattern, plant height and dense upright-bushy growth habit.

Tests & Trials: Trials were conducted during the summer of 2006 in Oxford Station, Ontario. 15 plants of each variety were individually grown in 15cm pots in a poly house. Plants were spaced 35cm apart. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety. Colours were determined using the 2001 RHS Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Gold Bar' with reference variety 'Strictus'

Plant height (cm)

  'Gold Bar' 'Strictus'
mean 34.9 53.4
std. deviation 4.34 8.11

Leaf length (cm)

  'Gold Bar' 'Strictus'
mean 20.6 37.4
std. deviation 2.07 3.42

Leaf width (cm)

  'Gold Bar' 'Strictus'
mean 0.67 0.98
std. deviation 0.11 0.07

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Gold Bar
Miscanthus: 'Gold Bar' (left) with reference variety 'Strictus' (right)

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