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Denomination: 'Lollypop'
Botanical Name: Astilbe
Applicant/Holder: van Veen, Wilhelmus Franciscus
Veenweg 12
2432 CA
Breeder: Wilhelmus Franciscus van Veen, Noorden, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 1999-11-25
Application Number: 99-1870
Grant of Rights Date: 2003-03-04
Certificate Number: 1442
Date rights revoked: 2020-03-04

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Peach Blossom'

Summary: 'Lollypop' produces a smaller plant than 'Peach Blossom'. The leaves of 'Lollypop' are smaller than 'Peach Blossom'. The flower length, peduncle length and petiole length in 'Lollypop' is shorter than in 'Peach Blossom'. The flower colour of 'Lollypop' is pink while for 'Peach Blossom' it is salmon pink.


'Lollypop' is a vegetatively propagated perennial that has an upright bushy growth habit with sparse branching. The leaves are alternate and rosette in arrangement and bipinnate. The leaflets are elliptic to ovate in shape with an acute to acuminate shaped apex and attenuate shaped base. The leaflet margins are serrate and there is no pubescence on the upper or lower side of the leaf blade. The leaves have weak glaucosity and are dark green in colour on the upper side and medium green on the lower side. There is no leaf variegation. The petiole has medium to strong anthocyanin colouration.

'Lollypop' flowers once during mid-season and has a short length of flowering. The peduncle has medium to strong anthocyanin colouration and very sparse to sparse pubescence. The inflorescence type is a panicle which is terminal in position and erect in attitude. The flowers are light bluish-pink in colour.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Lollypop' was selected from a seedling population of a controlled cross between 'Grete Pungel' as the pollen parent and 'Europa' as the seed parent. The initial cross was made in Noorden, The Netherlands in 1992. The objective of the breeding program was to develop an improved flower colour, attractive foliage, and compact plant growth habit.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Lollypop' were conducted at Oxford Station, Ontario in the summer of 2001. The trials consisted of ten plants per variety grown under field conditions. Plants were spaced 0.40 metres within the row and rows were spaced 1.0 metre apart.

Comparison tables for 'Lollypop' with reference variety 'Peach Blossom'

Plant height (cm)

  'Lollypop' 'Peach Blossom'
mean 21.1 42.8
std. deviation 4.48 3.58

Plant width (cm)

  'Lollypop' 'Peach Blossom'
mean 33.67 56.5
std. deviation 6.32 6.42

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Lollypop' 'Peach Blossom'
mean 3.76 5.35
std. deviation 0.24 0.45

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Lollypop' 'Peach Blossom'
mean 1.11 2.57
std. deviation 0.13 0.23

Peduncle length (cm)

  'Lollypop' 'Peach Blossom'
mean 6.31 8.50
std. deviation 1.15 0.87

Petiole length (cm)

  'Lollypop' 'Peach Blossom'
mean 4.35 7.8
std. deviation 0.86 0.81

Inflorescence length (cm)

  'Lollypop' 'Peach Blossom'
mean 12.47 14.30
std. deviation 1.39 0.97

Colour of inflorescence (RHS)

  'Lollypop' 'Peach Blossom'
unopened buds 68C/D 49C/D
opened flowers 68C 49C/50D
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