Citrus reticulata Blanco
Photos by Toni Siebert and David Karp, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Ted Frolich, UCLA, 1960.
Parentage/origins: Ortanique is a natural tangor that was discovered in Jamaica. The name is a combination of “or” for orange, “tan” for tangerine, and “ique” for unique.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: February to April
Notes and observations:
The medium-sized tree is dense, and round in form. The fruit is medium in size, obovate in shape, and has a pebbled, dark orange rind. The flesh is orange-colored, tender, and exceptionally juicy. When cross-pollinated, the fruit is seedy. The flavor is rich and sweet. Ortanique is usually late in maturity, and the fruit holds very well on the tree.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Fruit large (very large for mandarin), very broadly obovoid to slightly oblate to almost subglobose; base evenly rounded or tapering to low, shallowly furrowed neck or collar; apex flattened or with shallow depression and sometimes with small protruding navel; areole evident though not prominent. Rind thin, leathery, rather tightly adherent but peelable; surface smooth but finely pitted, glossy; color bright yellowish-orange at maturity. Segments 10 to 12; axis solid to semi-open. Flesh orange-colored; juicy; flavor rich and distinctive. Seeds average about 10, plump, with white cotyledons, and polyembryonic. Late midseason in maturity and holds well on tree.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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