Three award winning plants at Belgian trade fair Florall

Actinidia arguta ‘Issai’ - photo: Florall

Actinidia arguta ‘Issai’ – photo: Florall

At the earlier this week held spring edition of the Belgian trade fair Florall three novelties received an award. Actinidia arguta ‘Issai’ brought home the Gold Medal for D&V Plant (Belgium), Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Pink Storm’ submitted by Willy De Nolf (Belgium) won a Silver Medal and Bronze was for Fargesia Murielae ‘Elias’, submitted by Van Vliet New Plants (Netherlands).
The jury praised the concept that was developed for Actinidia arguta ‘Issai’ underscoring the multifunctionality of the plant. “It is more than just an ornamental plant. It is a utility plant that by the choice of the right starting material and correct pruning every year is ensured of fruits. It is therefore attractive and can be marketed throughout the season.”
Especially the frame was appreciated by the jury. This is an added value for the garden centers.
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Pink Storm’ - photo: Florall

Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Pink Storm’ – photo: Florall

With its double and large flowers Chaenomeles Speciosa ‘Pink Storm’ looks a bit like a camellia. The jury suggests even that ‘Pink Storm’ can be an interesting alternative for camellia. It was presented at the trade show by Belgian nursery Willy De Nolf. It was developed by Tom Ranney and his team at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in North Carolina (US). ‘Pink Storm’ is an F1 hybrid between the female parent, Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Spitfire’ and the male parent, Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Dragons Blood’. Plant patent was granted in 2010. In the US it is part of the Proven Winners portfolio.
Fargesia murieliae 'Elias' - photo: Van Vliet New Plants

Fargesia murieliae ‘Elias’ – photo: Van Vliet New Plants

Strong points of Bronze Medal winner Fargesia murieliae ‘Elias’ are according to the jury that it stays compact and does not invade the garden. That makes it a worry-free plant, which fits both to a garden and to a terrace or balcony. It is deciduous and can be sold thought the year. Dutch based royalty management agency Van Vliet New Plants compares ‘Elias’ with ‘Luca’. “These two ‘Bamboo Brothers’ are the lowest Fargesia murieliae in the market.”
Winner of Fargesia murieliae ‘Elias’ is Frank Schnupper, Westerstede (Germany).