|Previously Proposed Denomination:||'Hycahedi'|
|Botanical Name:||Hydrangea macrophylla|
Hydrangea Breeders Association B.V.
Niels Arts, Aalsmeer, Netherlands
|Agent in Canada:||
38723 Fingal Line
St. Thomas, Ontario
Variety used for comparison: 'Otaksa'
Summary: The leaf blade of 'Avantgarde' is more pointed than the leaf blade of 'Otaksa'. The sterile flower of 'Avantgarde' has no overlapping of the sepals whereas the sterile flower of 'Otaksa' has overlapping of the sepals.
PLANT: upright growth habit, medium natural height (including inflorescence)
STEM: no fasciation, green
LEAF BLADE: short to medium length, no lobing, ovate shape, acute apex, acute base, finely cut incisions of margin, no variegation, light green upper side, glossiness present on upper side
FLOWERING: begins early to mid-season
INFLORESCENCE: globular shape, medium to large diameter, inconspicuous fertile flowers
STERILE FLOWER: medium sized diameter, single type, no overlapping of sepals, incisions of margin absent on all sepals
SEPAL OF STERILE FLOWER (INNER SIDE): weak intensity of colouration, one colour, light blue pink (RHS 62D)
Origin & Breeding History: 'Avantgarde' was bred and developed by the breeder, Niels Arts, in Aalsmeer, Netherlands. It originated from a cross conducted on May 15, 2007, in De Kwakel, Netherlands, between the female parent designated '206255-01', and the male parent designated '2020611-01'. From the resulting progeny, 'Avantgarde' was selected on April 25, 2009, in Glandorf, Germany, for its inflorescence size and production without vernalisation, and overall plant growth habit. 'Avantgarde' was first asexually propagated by cuttings on April 20, 2010, in Glandorf, Germany.
Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Avantgarde' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number 2008/1171, purchased from the Community Plant Variety Office, in Angers, France. The trial was conducted by the Groupe d'Étude et de contrôle des Variétés Et des Semences, in Brion, France, from 2009 to 2010. The colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.
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