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Magic Marlot


Denomination: 'Magic Marlot'
Botanical Name: Skimmia japonica
Applicant/Holder: Van Son & Koot Holding B.V.
Dongenseweg 3A
5171 NA
Breeder: Johannes A. M. Koot, Van Son & Koot Holding B.V., Kaatsheuvel, 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: 2006-10-02
Application Number: 06-5582
Grant of Rights Date: 2013-06-24
Certificate Number: 4563
Date rights revoked: 2014-06-24

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Marlot'

Summary: The plants and leaf blades of 'Magic Marlot' are smaller than those of 'Marlot'. The upper side of the leaf blade for 'Magic Marlot' is brown green to green grey with white variegation while that of 'Marlot' is dark green to green grey with no variegation. The lower side of the leaf blade of 'Magic Marlot' is grey green while that of 'Marlot' is light green. The inflorescence of 'Magic Marlot' are smaller than those of 'Marlot'.


PLANT: vegetatively propagated, perennial, bushy-rounded growth habit, medium degree of branching
STEM: medium green, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration, absent or very weak glaucosity, absent or very weak pubescence

LEAF: alternate and whorled arrangement, simple type
LEAF BLADE: elliptic, acute apex, cuneate and attenuate base, entire margin, absent or very sparse pubescence on upper and lower side, brown green to green grey (RHS 189A-189B/C) on upper side, grey green on lower side, white (RHS 155A-155B) variegation on upper side, very short to short petiole present

FLOWERING: once, early, short period
FLOWER BUD: brown red (RHS 181D)
INFLORESCENCE: cyme type, terminal position, erect attitude
FLORET: small

Origin & Breeding History: 'Magic Marlot' originated as a naturally occurring branch mutation of the variety 'Marlot' discovered at Kwekerij Van Son & Koot in Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands. The new variety was observed and selected in 1998 based on its variegated foliage colour.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Magic Marlot' were conducted at Erica Enterprises Ltd. in Pitt Meadows, Brittish Columbia in February of 2012. Plants of 'Magic Marlot' were grown in 16 cm pots in a production block in the green houses at Erica Enterprises Ltd. Three cuttings were planted in each pot with pots spaced approximately 30 cm apart. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Magic Marlot' with reference variety 'Marlot'

Plant height (cm)

  'Magic Marlot' 'Marlot'
mean 14.9 19.10
std. deviation 1.45 1.45

Plant width (cm)

  'Magic Marlot' 'Marlot'
mean 22.9 31.6
std. deviation 1.97 2.27

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Magic Marlot' 'Marlot'
mean 7.24 9.27
std. deviation 0.92 0.81

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Magic Marlot' 'Marlot'
mean 1.97 2.66
std. deviation 0.34 0.29

Colour of upper side of leaf blade (RHS)

  'Magic Marlot' 'Marlot'
main colour 189A-189B/C darker than 139A-N189A
secondary colour 155A-155B N/A

Inflorescence height (cm)

  'Magic Marlot' 'Marlot'
mean 5.29 7.91
std. deviation 0.38 0.56

Inflorescence width (cm)

  'Magic Marlot' 'Marlot'
mean 4.66 6.19
std. deviation 0.53 0.9

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Magic Marlot
Skimmia: 'Magic Marlot' (right) with reference variety 'Marlot' (left)

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Magic Marlot
Skimmia: 'Magic Marlot' (left) with reference variety 'Marlot' (right)

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