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Denomination: 'Rafzicta'
Trade name: Tixia
Botanical Name: Ribes uva-crispa
Applicant/Holder: Promo-Fruit Ltd.
Landstrasse 42
Breeder: Peter Hauenstein, Rafz, Switzerland
Agent in Canada: McGinnis Berry Crops Limited
2871 Rockwell Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
V9A 2M8
Tel: 250-338-8200
Application Date: 2000-09-20
Application Number: 00-2388
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-09-09
Certificate Number: 3348
Date rights surrendered: 2011-09-19

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Hinnomaki Red' and 'Invicta'

Summary: The shoots of 'Rafzicta' are more upright than 'Invicta'. 'Rafzicta' has fewer prickles and bristles on the stems and longer petioles than both reference varieties. The glossiness of the upper side of the leaves is strong for 'Rafzicta' while it is moderate for both reference varieties. The predominant number of flowers per inflorescence is one for 'Rafzitca' while it is two for the reference varieties. 'Rafzitca' has weaker anthocyanin colouration on the sepals and ovaries than 'Invicta'. 'Rafzicta' has larger fruit than both reference varieties. The fruit shape for 'Rafzicta' is ellipsoid while it is globose for 'Hinnomaki Red'. 'Rafzicta' has red fruit while 'Invicta' has yellow green fruit. The hairiness on the fruit is sparse for 'Rafzicta' while it is medium to dense for 'Invicta'. 'Rafzicta' has short elongation of base of the fruit while 'Invicta' has medium to long elongation. 'Rafzicta' has shorter peduncles than 'Invicta'.


PLANT: medium vigour, medium density, obovoid shape, medium number of basal shoots

ONE YEAR OLD SHOOT: upright attitude, weak to medium curvature
SHOOT: very few to few prickles and/or bristles, few single prickles, few bristles with two prickles, very few bristles with three prickles
UPPERMOST THIRD OF SHOOT: few single prickles, very few to few bristles
YOUNG SHOOT: very weak to weak anthocyanin colouration

YOUNG LEAF: mid-season bud burst, medium green, very weak to weak anthocyanin colouration
MATURE LEAF: obtuse to very obtuse angled base, strong glossiness on upper side

FLOWERING: begins mid-season
FLOWER: predominantely one per inflorescence
SEPAL: very weak to weak anthocyanin colouration
OVARY: medium anthocyanin colouration, strong pubescence

FRUIT: ripens mid-season, ellipsoid shape, red, absent or very weak bloom, sparse hairiness, medium veining, medium tough skin, short elongation of base, short to medium length of peduncle

Origin & Breeding History: 'Rafzicta' (experimental designation 'ICS 90-1') originated from a cross pollination made in Rafz, Switzerland, between the variety 'Invicta' (female) and a private selection designated 'LS 9-31-54' (male) in 1990. The selection criteria for 'Rafzicta' were based on fruit size and colour, and earliness of ripening.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Rafzicta' were conducted during 2003 and 2004 in Courtenay, British Columbia. Each plot consisted of 2 rows, 48 metres long and 2.7 metres apart. There were 160 plants spaced 60 cm apart within rows.

Comparison tables for 'Rafzicta' with reference varieties 'Hinnomaki Red' and 'Invicta'

Petiole length(cm)

  'Rafzicta' 'Hinnomaki Red' 'Invicta'
mean 4.2 3.5 3.4
std. deviation 0.56 0.79 0.45

Fruit length (cm)

  'Rafzicta' 'Hinnomaki Red' 'Invicta'
mean 2.56 1.86 2.24
std. deviation 0.183 0.136 0.252

Fruit width (cm)

  'Rafzicta' 'Hinnomaki Red' 'Invicta'
mean 2.13 1.67 1.94
std. deviation 0.142 0.162 0.150

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Gooseberry: 'Rafzicta'

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