Snow Mountain


Denomination: 'Snow Mountain'
Botanical Name: Exochorda racemosa
Applicant/Holder: Herman Geers Handelskwekerij B.V.
Laag Boskoop 104, 2771 GZ
Breeder: Herman Geers, GZ Boskoop, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2013-02-14
Application Number: 13-7935

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Niagara'

Summary: The corolla lobe of 'Snow Mountain' is broader than the corolla lobe of 'Niagara'. The shape of the corolla lobe of 'Snow Mountain' is broad ovate whereas the corolla lobe of 'Niagara' is obovate. The colour of the anther of 'Snow Mountain' is white whereas the anther of 'Niagara' is yellowish white.


PLANT: spreading to upright growth habit
STEM: lignified, ramification present, medium to dark brown, no pubescence

PETIOLE: light to medium green, weak to medium intensity of red anthocyanin colouration, no pubescence
LEAF BLADE: obovate shape, medium green upper side, medium green lower side, weak to medium concave profile in cross-section, no rugosity, serrate incisions of margin, acuminate apex, attenuate base

PEDICEL: no pubescence, medium green, no anthocyanin colouration
INFLORESCENCE: terminal raceme type
CALYX: five lobes, medium green, no anthocyanin colouration, no pubescence
CALYX LOBE: ovate shape
COROLLA LOBE: broad ovate shape, white (RHS NN155D) inner side
STAMEN: white
PISTIL: medium to dark green style, medium to dark green stigma

Origin & Breeding History: 'Snow Mountain' was bred and developed by the breeder, Herman Geers, in Boskoop, Netherlands. It originated from a controlled cross conducted in 1994, between the variety 'The Bride', as the female parent, and an unnamed plant of Exochorda racemosa, as the male parent. From the resulting progeny, 'Snow Mountain' was selected in 1997 for its plant growth habit and vigour, ability to flower throughout the whole plant, disease tolerance, and suitability for use in propagation and production. 'Snow Mountain' was first asexually propagated by softwood cuttings in 1998, in Boskoop, Netherlands.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Snow Mountain' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number 2013/2759, purchased from the Community Plant Variety Office, in Angers, France. The trial was conducted by the Naktuinbouw Variety Center, in Roelofarendsveen, Netherlands, in 2014.

Comparison table for 'Snow Mountain' with reference variety 'Niagara'

Corolla lobe width (mm)

  'Snow Mountain' 'Niagara'
approximate mean 13 11

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Snow Mountain
Pearlbush: 'Snow Mountain'

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Pearlbush: 'Snow Mountain'

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