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Honey mandarin

Citrus reticulata Blanco RUTACEAE


CRC 3117

PI 539503       

VI 133




Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 1/2011, CVC. Photo rights.


Source: Received as budwood from H.B. Frost, Riverside, Calif. 1915.


Parentage/origins: 'King' tangor and 'Willowleaf' mandarin


Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange


Season of ripeness at Riverside: November to January


Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):

"Fruit small-sized, oblate; rind faintly pebbled; seeds numerous.  Light yellowish-orange; flavor rich and sweet.  Matures early.  Tree vigorous and tends strongly to alternate bearing.
      Honey is a hybrid of the King mandarin with the Willowleaf (Mediterranean) mandarin made by H. B. Frost of the University of California Citrus Research Center, Riverside.  This hybrid is a sister of Encore, Kinnow, and Wilking.  It was described in 1943 but never released officially."

Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Honey mandarin



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