Denomination: 'Sunsurfcopavio'
Trade name: Surfinia Patio Indigo
Botanical Name: Petunia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Suntory Flowers Limited
Administrative Division
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Breeder: Takeshi Kanaya, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
Yasuko Isobe, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2010-02-25
Application Number: 10-6857
Grant of Rights Date: 2012-06-22
Certificate Number: 4344
Date rights surrendered: 2014-06-22

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Keipabukas' (Surfinia Patio Blue) and 'Suncopablue' (Surfinia Baby Compact Blue)

Summary: The leaves of 'Sunsurfcopavio' are longer and wider than the leaves of the reference varieties. The sepal of 'Sunsurfcopavio' is longer than the sepal of the reference varieties. The corolla of 'Sunsurfcopavio' is a darker violet when fully open than the corolla of 'Keipabukas'. The corolla lobe of 'Sunsurfcopavio' has weak undulation of the margin while the corolla of 'Keipabukas' has medium undulation and the corolla of 'Suncopablue' has medium to strong undulation. The veins on the inner side of the corolla tube are moderately conspicuous for 'Sunsurfcopavio' while they are weak for 'Keipabukas' and medium to strong for 'Suncopablue'. The anthers of 'Sunsurfcopavio' are violet before dehiscence while the anthers of 'Keipabukas' are yellowish white.


PLANT: upright growth habit, medium shoot thickness

LEAF: elliptic, broad acute apex, no variegation, medium green on upper side, no blistering

SEPAL: obovate, anthocyanin colouration present
FLOWER: single, funnelform, purple veins
COROLLA LOBE: one colour on upper side, upper side dark violet (brighter than RHS 83A) when newly opened, violet (RHS N81A) when fully opened, weakly conspicuous veins, weak undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: inner side violet (duller than RHS N80B) with dark violet (RHS N79A) veins, moderate conspicuousness of veins on inner side, anthers violet before dehiscence.

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Sunsurfcopavio' originated from controlled cross pollinations made from April to November 2003 at Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan. The female parent was an unnamed proprietary variety designated PF4 and the male parent was an unnamed proprietary variety designated LV-01. Seeds from the pollination were germinated and grown to maturity. One plant was selected in September 2005, in a controlled environment at Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan, based on criteria for growth habit, flower size and flower colour. The selected plant was propagated by cuttings and grown in a pot trial from April to September 2006, where it was determined that it was distinct from other varieties and uniform and stable. The new variety was named 'Sunsurfcopavio'.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Sunsurfcopavio' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2011 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 15 cm pots on April 20, 2011. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on May 25, 2011. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Sunsurfcopavio' with reference varieties 'Keipabukas' and 'Suncopablue'

Leaf length (cm)

  'Sunsurfcopavio' 'Keipabukas' 'Suncopablue'
mean 7.4 4.4 4.4
std. deviation 0.70 0.38 0.24

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Sunsurfcopavio' 'Keipabukas' 'Suncopablue'
mean 3.5 2.5 2.8
std. deviation 0.32 0.28 0.24

Sepal length (cm)

  'Sunsurfcopavio' 'Keipabukas' 'Suncopablue'
mean 1.7 1.4 1.2
std. deviation 0.14 0.14 0.13

Colour of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'Sunsurfcopavio' 'Keipabukas' 'Suncopablue'
upper side - newly opened 83A (brighter than) 86A (more blue than) 86A (brighter than)
upper side - fully opened N81A N87A, aging to N88B-C N87A

Colour of corolla tube (RHS)

  'Sunsurfcopavio' 'Keipabukas' 'Suncopablue'
inner side N80B (duller than), N79A veins 85B, NN155D at transition to tube 76A-B, N77A veins

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Petunia: 'Sunsurfcopavio' (left) with reference varieties 'Keipabukas' (centre) and 'Suncopablue' (right)

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Petunia: 'Sunsurfcopavio' (left) with reference varieties 'Keipabukas' (centre) and 'Suncopablue' (right)

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Petunia: 'Sunsurfcopavio' (left) with reference varieties 'Keipabukas' (centre) and 'Suncopablue' (right)

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