AAC Lila


Denomination: 'AAC Lila'
Botanical Name: Fragaria ×ananassa
Applicant/Holder: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Kentville
Atlantic Food & Horticulture Research Centre
32 Main Street
Kentville, Nova Scotia
B4N 1J5
Breeder: Andrew Jamieson, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Kentville, Nova Scotia
Agent in Canada: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization
6000 C&E Trail
Lacombe, Alberta
T4L 1W1
Tel: (403) 782-8126
Application Date: 2012-01-24
Application Number: 12-7478
Grant of Rights Date: 2013-07-03
Certificate Number: 4566
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2031-07-03

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Wendy'

Summary: The intensity of anthocyanin colouration on the stolons of 'AAC Lila' is medium whereas it is strong on 'Wendy'. The density of pubescence on the stolons of 'AAC Lila' is medium whereas it is dense on 'Wendy'. The intensity of anthocyanin colouration on the stipules of 'AAC Lila' is strong whereas it is medium on 'Wendy'. The length of the fruit in relation to the width of 'AAC Lila' is longer than on 'Wendy' where it is equal. The difference between the shape of the terminal fruit and the other fruit of 'AAC Lila' is none or very slight whereas it is medium in 'Wendy'. 'AAC Lila' has a medium width band without achenes whereas it is narrow on 'Wendy'. The achenes on the fruit of 'AAC Lila' are positioned below the surface whereas they are level with the surface on 'Wendy'. The calyx of 'AAC Lila' is positioned above the fruit whereas it is level on 'Wendy'.


PLANT: semi-upright growth habit, medium density of foliage, medium vigour, not remontant
STOLONS: medium to many, medium intensity of anthocyanin colouration, medium density of pubescence

LEAF: medium size, medium green on upper side, absent or weak blistering, medium glossiness, no variegation
TERMINAL LEAFLET: moderately longer length in relation to width, obtuse base, serrate margin, concave shape in cross section
PETIOLE: medium length, horizontal attitude of hairs, strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration of stipules

INFLORESCENCE: positioned at same level as foliage, many flowers, slightly outwards attitude of hairs on pedicel
FLOWER: calyx diameter larger than corolla, stamens present
PETALS: touching, much longer than broad, white

FRUIT: equal in length and width, large, conical, none or very slight difference in shape between terminal and other fruits, medium width of band without achenes
FRUIT SKIN: orange red to medium red, even or very slightly uneven colour, medium glossiness, even or very slightly uneven surface
ACHENES: inserted below level of fruit surface
CALYX: raised above surface of fruit, upwards attitude of sepals, same diameter as fruit, very weak adherence to fruit
FRUIT FLESH: firm, medium red, medium red core, absent or small fruit cavity

Origin & Breeding History: 'AAC Lila' (tested as 'K07-21') was selected on July 5, 2007 from a family of 83 seedlings from the cross 'Queen Elisa' x 'Wendy'. The cross was conducted in the winter of 2006 in a greenhouse of the Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre (AFHRC). Seed was harvested from the resulting fruit and started in the greenhouse in spring 2006 and subsequently transplanted in the field in Sheffield Mills, Kings County, Nova Scotia. 'AAC Lila' was selected based on mid-season maturity, fruit size and fruit flavour.

Tests & Trials: 'AAC Lila' was tested at the Atlantic Food and Agriculture Research Centre, Kentville, Nova Scotia during the summers of 2010 and 2011. The trials consisted of 4 replicates per variety, grown in matted rows at a row spacing of 1.5 metres. Each replicate measured approximately 3 metres long x 1 metre wide.

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AAC Lila
Strawberry: 'AAC Lila' (above) with the reference variety 'Wendy' (below)

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