|Trade name:||Suncatcher White|
|Botanical Name:||Petunia ×hybrida|
Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois
United States of America
Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago, United States of America
|Agent in Canada:||
38723 Fingal Line
St. Thomas, Ontario
|Grant of Rights Date:||2008-09-29|
|Date rights surrendered:||2010-09-20|
Variety used for comparison: 'Kakegawa S30' (Supertunia White)
Summary: 'Balsunwhite' has taller plants with larger leaves and longer sepals than 'Kakegawa S30'. The leaves of 'Balsunwhite' have no blistering while those of 'Kakegawa S30' do. The inner side of the corolla tube of 'Balsunwhite' is grey with weakly conspicuous veins while it is yellow with moderately conspicuous veins for 'Kakegawa S30'.
PLANT: upright to semi-upright growth habit
SHOOT: thin, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration
LEAF: elliptic, narrow acute apex, no variegation, medium to dark green on upper side, no blistering
SEPAL: linear, no anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: single, salverform
COROLLA: weak to moderate lobing, white on upper and lower sides, light green veins on upper side, veins weakly conspicuous on upper side, moderate undulation of margin, cuspidate corolla lobe apex
COROLLA TUBE: grey on inner side, weakly conspicuous veins on inner side
ANTHER: yellowish white before and after pollen dehiscence
Origin & Breeding History: 'Balsunwhite' originated from a cross conducted during November 2003, at Arroyo Grande, California, as part of a controlled breeding program. The female parent was the Petunia variety 'Easy Wave White', characterized by its' white flower, dark green leaf and prostrate, trailing growth habit. The male parent is the proprietary Petunia breeding selection designated '2111-1', characterized by its' creamy white flower, dark green leaf and semi-upright growth habit. The initial selection was made on September 20, 2004. Asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings. 'Balsunwhite' was selected for its pure white flowers, very dark green foliage and vigorously trailing growth habit.
Tests & Trials: The trials for 'Balsunwhite' were conducted during the summer of 2007, in a polyhouse in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trials consisted of 15 plants per variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings planted into 11.5 cm pots on July 10, 2007. Observations and measurements were taken on August 21, 2007 from 10 plants of each variety except for plant height and plant width where 5 plants of each variety were used. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour chart.
Comparison tables for 'Balsunwhite' with reference variety 'Kakegawa S30'
Plant height (cm)
Leaf length (cm)
Leaf width (cm)
Sepal length (mm)
Colour of corolla tube (RHS)
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