Denomination: 'Sunsurfmicshipho'
Trade name: Surfinia Patio Chiffon
Botanical Name: Petunia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Suntory Flowers Limited
Administrative Division
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Breeder: Yasuko Isobe, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
Takeshi Kanaya, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
Takuro Ishihara, Tokyo, Japan
Kazunari Iwaki, Shiga, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2006-08-22
Application Number: 06-5570
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-08-29
Certificate Number: 3323
Date rights surrendered: 2010-08-17

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'USTUNI7502' (Supertunia Mini Appleblossom) and 'Sunsurfcopasaku'

Summary: 'Sunsurfmicshipho' is a petunia variety which has compact plants with an upright growth habit, whereas the reference variety 'USTUNI7502' has a creeping growth habit. 'Sunsurfmicshipho' has smaller leaves and smaller diameter flowers than 'USTUNI7502'. The flowers of 'Sunsurfmicshipho' are lighter in colour than those of 'Sunsurfcopasaku'. The margins of the corolla of 'Sunsurfmicshipho' are weakly to moderately undulating, compared with 'USTUNI7502' which has strong undulation of the corolla margins.


PLANT: upright and compact bushy growth habit, short to medium height, narrow width

SHOOT: thin, short, no anthocyanin colouration

LEAF: very short to short, narrow, elliptic, narrow acute apex, no variegation, medium green upper side, no blistering, very short petiole

SEPAL: short, very narrow, linear, no anthocyanin colouration

FLOWER: medium to long pedicel, single, small diameter, salverform
COROLLA: medium lobing, violet on upper side, violet with pink tones on lower side, veins pink green and very weakly conspicuous, weak to medium undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: short to medium length, whitish on inner side, veins weakly to moderately conspicuous
ANTHER: yellowish white and brown before pollen dehiscence, light brown after pollen dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Sunsurfmicshipho' originated from a cross between the variety 'Fantasy Pink' as the female parent and the variety 'P01-531' as the male parent. The cross was conducted in June 2002, at Higashiomi-shi, Shiga-ken, Japan. In April 2003, 80 seedlings were obtained from the cross. The seedlings were grown in pots in a glasshouse and evaluated. In August 2003, one seedling was selected for its growth habit. The selected plant was propagated by cuttings and grown in pots, and then evaluated in a trial from April to September 2004. The plants were found to be distinct, uniform and stable in their characteristics and the new variety was named 'Sunsurfmicshipho'.

Tests & Trials: The trials for 'Sunsurfmicshipho' were conducted during the spring of 2007, in a polyhouse in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trials consisted of a total of 15 plants of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings planted into 15cm pots on April 24, 2007. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on June 5, 2007. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour chart.

Comparison tables for 'Sunsurfmicshipho' with reference varieties 'USTUNI7502' and 'Sunsurfcopasaku'

Leaf length (cm)

  'Sunsurfmicshipho' 'USTUNI7502' 'Sunsurfcopasaku'
mean 3.5 6.1 4.6
std. deviation 0.34 0.63 0.25

Leaf width (cm)

  'Sunsurfmicshipho' 'USTUNI7502' 'Sunsurfcopasaku'
mean 1.8 3.0 2.7
std. deviation 0.11 0.26 0.09

Diameter of corolla (cm)

  'Sunsurfmicshipho' 'USTUNI7502' 'Sunsurfcopasaku'
mean 4.6 5.8 3.6
std. deviation 0.25 0.35 0.19

Main colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Sunsurfmicshipho' 'USTUNI7502' 'Sunsurfcopasaku'
upper side 75D with 75B 76B-C (156C at centre) N74C with 72C
lower side pinker than 75C 76D pinker than 77D

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Petunia: 'Sunsurfmicshipho' (left) with reference varieties 'USTUNI7502' (centre) and 'Sunsurfcopasaku' (right)

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Petunia: 'Sunsurfmicshipho' (left) with reference varieties 'USTUNI7502' (centre) and 'Sunsurfcopasaku' (right)

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Petunia: 'Sunsurfmicshipho' (left) with reference varieties 'USTUNI7502' (centre) and 'Sunsurfcopasaku' (right)

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