Denomination: 'PER6904'
Trade name: Freedom Early Pink
Botanical Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima
Applicant/Holder: Paul Ecke Ranch, Inc.
P.O. Box 230488
Encinitas, California
United States of America
Breeder: Ruth Kobayashi, Paul Ecke Ranch, Inc., Carlsbad, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2007-07-13
Application Number: 07-5965
Date Withdrawn: 2012-01-12

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Peterstar Pink'

Summary: The upper side of the leaf blade is dark green for 'PER6904' while it is medium green for 'Peterstar Pink'. The intensity of the green colour on the upper side of the petiole of 'PER6904' is weak while it is absent or very weak for 'Peterstar Pink'. The petiole of 'PER6904' has weak to medium anthocyanin colouration on the upper side while the petiole of 'Peterstar Pink' has absent or very weak anthocyanin. The largest bract is wider for 'PER6904' than for 'Peterstar Pink'. The upper side of the bract of 'PER6904' is lighter in colour than the bract of 'Peterstar Pink'.


PLANT: branching present
STEM: medium green at middle third, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration at middle third, no anthocyanin on upper third

LEAF: ovate, rounded to wedge-shaped base, dark green on upper side, main vein green on upper side, none or few lobes, lobes shallow when present, absent or weak curvature of main vein
PETIOLE: weak intensity of green colour on upper side, weak to medium anthocyanin colouration on upper side, absent or weak anthocyanin on lower side
TRANSITIONAL LEAVES: very few partly bract coloured leaves, few fully bract coloured leaves, absent or weak lobing, absent or weak curvature along main vein

BRACT: medium to many large coloured bracts, very few small coloured bracts, largest bract ovate, one colour on upper side, dark pink red (RHS 51B) on upper side with darker red pink (RHS 51A) veins, small inner bracts dark purple red to dark pink red (RHS 53B-C), absent or very weak spotting on upper side, lower side red pink (RHS 51C) aging to light red pink (RHS 36A), no folding along main vein, no twisting, weak to medium rugosity between veins.

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'PER6904' was discovered at the Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California, USA in August 2004. The variety was selected for its very early bloom date, moderately vigorous growth habit, pink bract colour and dark green foliage.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'PER6904' were conducted in a greenhouse in St. Catharines, Ontario . The trial included a total of 25 plants each of the candidate variety and reference variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11 cm pots on August 27, 2010. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on December 2, 2010. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'PER6904' with reference variety 'Peterstar Pink'

Width of largest bract (cm)

  'PER6904' 'Peterstar Pink'
mean 7.6 6.1
std. deviation 0.40 0.33

Colour of bract (RHS)

  'PER6904' 'Peterstar Pink'
upper side - lower bracts 51B, veins 51A 51A, 51B at margin, veins 50A
upper side - inner bracts 53B-C 46C

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Poinsettia: 'PER6904' (left) with reference variety 'Peterstar Pink' (right)

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Poinsettia: 'PER6904' (left) with reference variety 'Peterstar Pink' (right)

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Poinsettia: 'PER6904' (left) with reference variety 'Peterstar Pink' (right)

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