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Pixie mandarin

Citrus reticulata Blanco

CRC 3568

PI 539510

VI 10

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Photos by David Karp, CVC. Photo rights.  

 

Source: Received as budwood from breeding block at CRC, 1966.

 

Parentage/origins: Pixie is a mandarin variety developed by H. B. Frost at the University of California Riverside Citrus Research Center. Pixie is the result of an open pollination of Kincy (King X Dancy) that took place in 1927 and eventually released in 1965.

 

Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

 

Season of ripeness at Riverside: November to January

 

Notes and observations:

The tree is a vigorous grower with an upright growth habit. The fruit is usually globose to slightly oblate, and sometimes has a neck. The rind is yellow-orange with a slightly pebbled texture that is easy to peel. The flesh is seedless, orange colored, and juicy. The flavor is mild and sweet. Pixie matures in late winter and holds exceptionally late on the tree; in certain mild locations, the fruit is known to hold well into summer.

3/1987, EMN: Very nice to eat right now- fruit size smallish. Good home garden variety- seedless. A second generation seedling (hybrid or self) from open pollination of a cross of King and Dancy (named Kincy).

 

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

"Fruit small to medium-small, subglobose to round; commonly with broad, short neck and collar.  Rind medium-thin, easily separable; grained to pebbled surface texture; color yellowish-orange.  Flesh medium-orange; moderately juicy; flavor pleasant and mild.  Virtually seedless (occasionally 1 seed).  Holds well on tree with little rind-puffing, but some juice loss.  Matures late.
      Tree vigorous, erect to somewhat spreading; stout, ascending branches and large, King-like leaves.  Tendency to alternate bearing.  Considerable proportion of inside fruits not subject to sunburn.
      Pixie is a second generation seedling (hybrid or self) from open pollination of a cross of King and Dancy (named Kincy).  This variety was made in 1927 by H. B. Frost of the University of California Citrus Research Center, Riverside, and was selected and introduced in 1965 by his colleagues J. W. Cameron and R. K. Soost.  Because of its seedlessness and lateness of maturity, Pixie may have promise, especially as a home orchard variety (Cameron, Soost, and Frost, 1965)."

 

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

 

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Pixie mandarin

CVC Fruit Quality Data for Pixie mandarin:

(Old format)

CULTIVAR SAMPLE LOCATION DATE  NUMBER OF FRUIT PER SAMPLE TOTAL LENGTH PER SAMPLE (cm) TOTAL WIDTH PER SAMPLE (cm) LENGTH /WIDTH RATIO TOTAL WT PER SAMPLE (grams) MEAN WEIGHT PER FRUIT (grams) EXTERNAL COLOR BASED ON COLOR CHART TEXTURE BASED ON CHART TOTAL RIND THICKNESS PER SAMPLE (mm) TOTAL SEEDS PER SAMPLE INTERIOR COLOR DESCRIPTION TOTAL JUICE WT. PER SAMPLE (grams) % JUICE TSS (TOTAL SOLUBLE SOLIDS) % ACID (BASED ON CITRIC ACID) RATIO (TSS / % ACID) 
PIXIE Coachella 1/4/1999 10 53.0 55.2 1.0 774.1 77.4 5.5 4.0 46.0 0.0 MED. OR. 264.8 34.2 10.9 0.7 15.0
PIXIE Lindcove 1/5/1999 10 54.7 57.7 0.9 796.7 79.7 5.0 4.0 50.0 0.0 MED. OR. 240.9 30.2 11.9 1.2 9.8
PIXIE     Lindcove 1/5/1999 10 54.0 58.8 0.9 878.5 87.9 5.0 3.5 49.0 0.0 MED. OR. 262.8 29.9 11.6 0.9 12.5
PIXIE Irvine 1/12/1999 10 50.6 56.9 0.9 871.9 87.2 7.5 3.5 39.0 6.0 MED. OR. 384.4 44.1 13.5 1.3 10.7
PIXIE Riverside 1/26/1999 10 46.9 49.4 0.9 611.8 61.2 9.0 4.0 31.0 4.0 MED. OR. 292.0 47.7 12.0 0.9 13.2
PIXIE Riverside 1/26/1999 10 43.8 45.8 1.0 493.1 49.3 9.0 4.0 34.0 2.0 MED. OR. 208.4 42.3 13.7 1.2 11.4
PIXIE Coachella 1/27/1999 10 56.8 57.6 1.0 825.7 82.6 8.5 4.5 50.0 0.0 LT. OR. 246.2 29.8 10.6 0.7 14.4
PIXIE Lindcove 1/27/1999 10 63.2 59.1 1.1 892.2 89.2 8.0 7.0 55.0 0.0 MED. OR. 235.1 26.4 11.9 0.7 17.8
PIXIE Lindcove 1/27/1999 10 61.6 58.7 1.0 893.0 89.3 8.0 7.0 51.0 0.0 MED. OR. 245.2 27.5 13.0 1.0 12.6
PIXIE    Irvine 1/28/1999 10 49.7 58.3 0.9 925.9 92.6 10.0 4.0 44.0 0.0 BR. OR. 380.4 41.1 13.4 0.6 15.4
PIXIE Lindcove 2/11/1999 10 67.1 67.2 1.0 1155.9 115.6 10.0 6.0 55.0 1.0 MED. YEL.-OR. 330.7 28.6 12.2 0.7 16.5
PIXIE Lindcove 2/11/1999 10 66.1 61.7 1.1 1121.8 112.2 10.0 6.5 56.0 0.0 MED. OR. 336.2 30.0 12.5 0.9 13.7
PIXIE Irvine 2/19/1999 10 56.6 63.5 0.9 1183.6 118.4 10.5 4.0 45.0 3.0 BR. OR. 518.2 43.8 14.4 0.9 16.2
PIXIE Riverside 2/22/1999 10 47.9 50.7 0.9 666.3 66.6 10.5 3.5 36.0 8.0 MED. OR. 300.4 45.1 13.5 0.8 17.1
PIXIE Riverside 2/22/1999 10 49.2 49.4 1.0 641.0 64.1 10.3 4.0 34.0 2.0 MED. OR. 312.9 48.8 14.5 0.9 15.4
PIXIE Coachella 2/23/1999 10 53.8 61.5 0.9 981.0 98.1 8.0 4.5 50.0 1.0 MED. OR. 380.1 38.7 11.0 0.7 16.3
PIXIE Riverside 12/12/1999 5 28.0 26.6 1.1 397.7 79.5 5.0 3.5 18.0 1.0 MED. OR. 136.2 34.2 11.2 1.8 6.2
PIXIE Lindcove 12/13/1999 10 49.2 50.8 1.0 670.0 67.0 6.5 1.5 38.0 0.0 DK. OR. 308.7 46.1 14.5 1.9 9.6
PIXIE Lindcove 12/13/1999 10 48.6 49.3 1.0 612.2 61.2 10.0 1.0 36.0 0.0 DK. OR. 274.9 44.9 15.3 2.4 6.5
PIXIE Coachella 12/15/1999 10 62.6 61.9 1.0 1061.9 106.2 4.5 4.5 51.0 0.0 LT.-MED. OR. 325.6 30.7 9.4 0.9 10.6
PIXIE Irvine 12/15/1999 10 45.0 50.6 0.9 612.6 61.3 5.5 4.0 45.0 0.0 MED. OR. 242.3 39.6 15.8 3.1 5.1
PIXIE Riverside 1/3/2000 10 55.4 49.0 1.1 642.3 64.2 4.0 3.5 33.0 7.0 MED. OR. 235.7 36.7 13.2 1.6 8.1
PIXIE Lindcove 1/4/2000 10 51.0 53.7 0.9 758.4 75.8 11.0 4.0 42.0 0.0 BR. OR. 326.2 43.0 15.5 1.8 8.9
PIXIE Lindcove 1/4/2000 10 50.0 49.9 1.0 644.4 64.4 11.0 4.0 41.0 0.0 BR. OR. 264.5 41.0 15.5 2.1 7.5
PIXIE Irvine 1/5/2000 10 44.4 50.0 0.9 622.5 62.3 7.0 2.0 38.0 0.0 DK. OR. 243.0 39.0 17.7 2.7 6.5
PIXIE Coachella 1/7/2000 10 61.9 63.2 1.0 965.8 96.6 7.5 7.0 54.0 0.0 MED. OR. 253.7 26.3 10.2 0.8 13.7
PIXIE Lindcove 1/24/2000 10 50.8 52.9 1.0 744.2 74.4 10.5 45.0 45.0 3.0 BR. OR. 327.5 44.0 16.1 1.6 9.8
PIXIE Lindcove 1/24/2000 10 45.1 48.5 0.9 577.0 57.7 10.5 39.0 39.0 0.0 BR. OR. 248.7 43.1 17.0 1.9 8.9
PIXIE Irvine 1/26/2000 10 47.2 49.3 1.0 616.2 61.6 10.5 4.0 42.0 0.0 MED. OR. 235.5 38.2 17.1 1.9 8.9
PIXIE Lindcove 2/16/2000 10 54.5 55.4 1.0 806.4 80.6 10.5 5.0 51.0 0.0 BR. OR. 328.0 40.7 14.5 1.2 12.4
PIXIE Lindcove 2/16/2000 10 50.0 49.7 1.0 646.5 64.7 10.5 3.0 38.0 0.0 BR. OR. 287.9 44.5 14.9 1.6 9.5
PIXIE Irvine 12/12/2000 10 48.6 47.9 1.0 596.8 59.7 5.0 2.0 28.0 2.0 MED. OR. 263.4 44.1 11.7 1.3 9.2
PIXIE Riverside 1/3/2001 10 46.5 47.6 1.0 557.4 55.7 10.5 1.0 28.0 7.0 MED.-BR. OR. 255.0 45.7 15.1 1.1 13.6
PIXIE Riverside 1/3/2001 10 47.3 48.4 1.0 584.7 58.5 10.0 1.5 25.0 4.0 BR. OR. 289.9 49.6 15.4 1.1 13.9
PIXIE Irvine 1/5/2001 10 50.0 53.1 0.9 787.4 78.7 10.5 1.0 30.0 4.0 BR. OR. 351.7 44.7 14.5 0.8 18.1
PIXIE Coachella 1/12/2001 10 69.2 64.0 1.1 1070.3 107.0 6.0 7.5 62.0 0.0 MED. OR. 225.3 21.1 11.5 0.8 14.0
PIXIE Irvine 1/24/2001 10 53.4 50.1 1.1 744.3 74.4 10.5 2.5 36.0 3.0 BR. OR. 275.7 37.0 14.7 1.0 15.2
PIXIE Coachella 1/29/2001 6 39.8 38.7 1.0 598.9 99.8 7.0 6.0 40.0 0.0 MED. OR. 86.7 14.5 11.2 0.7 16.0
PIXIE Riverside 1/30/2001 10 53.0 50.6 1.0 754.8 75.5 13.0 3.0 30.0 2.0 BR. OR. NA NA 13.9 0.9 15.0
PIXIE Riverside 1/30/2001 10 53.1 50.8 1.0 750.5 75.1 11.0 3.0 31.0 4.0 BR. OR. NA NA 15.1 0.9 16.1
PIXIE Irvine 2/16/2001 10 51.0 51.3 1.0 717.6 71.8 11.0 2.0 35.0 3.0 BR. OR. 277.7 38.7 11.5 0.7 17.1
PIXIE Lindcove 3/4/2002 10 59.4 62.5 1.0 1091.3 109.1 10.5 7.0 43.0 0.0 BR. OR. 468.0 42.9 14.6 0.9 16.5
PIXIE Lindcove 3/4/2002 10 62.1 60.8 1.0 1017.3 101.7 10.5 7.0 47.0 0.0 BR. OR. 615.9 60.5 13.6 0.8 17.0
PIXIE Riverside 3/5/2002 10 49.8 52.6 0.9 719.7 72.0 11.0 2.5 31.0 6.0 BR. OR. 333.7 46.4 14.8 0.7 22.1
PIXIE Riverside 3/5/2002 10 63.3 59.9 1.1 1073.6 107.4 11.0 4.0 42.0 6.0 BR. OR. 489.9 45.6 14.4 0.6 22.8
PIXIE Lindcove 3/25/2002 10 54.6 59.8 0.9 988.0 98.8 9.5 3.5 38.0 0.0 BR. OR. 479.0 48.5 14.2 0.7 22.0
PIXIE Lindcove 3/25/2002 10 55.3 55.8 1.0 820.8 82.1 9.0 4.0 38.0 1.0 BR. OR. 385.8 47.0 13.7 0.6 24.0
PIXIE Riverside 3/25/2002 10 60.5 59.9 1.0 1029.3 102.9 11.0 3.5 41.0 4.0 BR. OR. 438.3 42.6 13.7 0.7 20.9
PIXIE Riverside 3/25/2002 10 46.6 50.6 0.9 642.2 64.2 10.0 2.0 31.0 6.0 BR. OR. 320.2 49.9 13.8 0.7 18.8
PIXIE Riverside 3/25/2002 10 60.5 59.9 1.0 1029.3 102.9 11.0 3.5 41.0 4.0 BR. OR. 438.3 42.6 13.7 0.7 20.9
PIXIE Irvine 3/27/2002 10 53.7 57.1 0.9 908.4 90.8 10.5 2.5 41.0 0.0 BR. OR. 446.4 49.1 13.6 0.7 20.0
PIXIE Lindcove 4/12/2002 10 52.5 58.7 0.9 908.5 90.9 9.0 3.0 41.0 0.0 BR. OR. 396.0 43.6 14.5 0.6 23.0
PIXIE Lindcove 4/12/2002 10 60.1 60.3 1.0 989.6 99.0 9.0 4.0 50.0 0.0 BR. OR. 429.3 43.4 13.1 0.5 28.3
PIXIE Riverside 4/15/2002 10 46.3 49.8 0.9 625.4 62.5 9.5 2.0 30.0 4.0 BR. OR. 299.2 47.8 14.2 0.7 20.0
PIXIE Riverside 4/15/2002 10 60.0 57.9 1.0 995.4 99.5 8.5 3.5 37.0 3.0 BR. OR. 473.2 47.5 13.8 0.6 23.1
PIXIE Riverside 4/15/2002 10 46.3 49.8 0.9 625.4 62.5 9.5 2.0 30.0 4.0 BR. OR. 299.2 47.8 14.2 0.7 20.0
PIXIE Riverside 4/15/2002 10 60.0 57.9 1.0 995.4 99.5 8.5 3.5 37.0 3.0 BR. OR. 473.2 47.5 13.8 0.6 23.1
PIXIE Irvine 4/16/2002 10 61.3 60.9 1.0 1172.8 117.3 11.0 3.5 55.0 0.0 BR. OR. 543.8 46.4 13.4 0.5 24.7
PIXIE Riverside 5/6/2002 10 46.3 49.5 0.9 598.2 59.8 11.0 3.0 32.0 1.0 MED.-BR. OR. 221.0 36.9 12.2 0.6 19.8
PIXIE Riverside 5/6/2002 10 50.8 57.0 0.9 872.1 87.2 11.0 3.0 38.0 3.0 MED.-BR. OR. 402.0 46.1 14.0 0.6 22.0
PIXIE Riverside 5/6/2002 10 46.3 49.5 0.9 598.2 59.8 11.0 3.0 32.0 1.0 MED.-BR. OR. 221.0 36.9 12.2 0.6 19.8
PIXIE Riverside 5/6/2002 10 50.8 57.0 0.9 872.1 87.2 11.0 3.0 38.0 3.0 MED.-BR. OR. 402.0 46.1 14.0 0.6 22.0
PIXIE Lindcove 5/9/2002 10 63.5 60.8 1.0 1082.6 108.3 9.0 3.5 37.0 0.0 BR. OR. 459.8 42.5 13.1 0.4 30.0
PIXIE Lindcove 5/9/2002 10 60.9 61.0 1.0 1033.1 103.3 9.0 3.5 45.0 0.0 BR. OR. 448.2 43.4 12.4 0.4 29.8
PIXIE Irvine 5/10/2002 10 57.5 60.6 0.9 1103.6 110.4 11.0 2.0 44.0 0.0 BR. OR. 510.7 46.3 12.8 0.6 21.4
PIXIE Riverside 3/3/2003 10 52.0 53.8 1.0 805.6 80.6 8.0 2.5 33.0 1.0 BR. OR. 352.4 43.7 14.6 0.8 18.2
PIXIE Riverside 3/3/2003 10 51.4 52.6 1.0 740.9 74.1 8.0 2.5 34.0 0.0 BR. OR. NA NA 14.5 0.9 16.3
PIXIE Lindcove 3/10/2003 10 56.1 62.5 0.9 1205.6 120.6 11.0 7.0 46.0 1.0 MED. OR. 494.4 41.0 12.7 0.5 28.5
PIXIE Lindcove 3/10/2003 10 76.5 68.1 1.1 1465.0 146.5 11.0 8.0 82.0 2.0 MED. OR. 461.0 31.5 12.6 0.6 21.5
PIXIE Riverside 3/24/2003 10 56.2 56.5 1.0 923.1 92.3 10.0 2.0 34.0 2.0 BR. OR. 483.0 52.3 13.5 0.6 21.8
PIXIE Lindcove 3/27/2003 10 65.4 63.9 1.0 1250.6 125.1 11.0 4.5 64.0 1.0 BR. OR. 448.8 35.9 13.1 0.5 28.8
PIXIE Lindcove 4/8/2003 10 63.4 64.7 1.0 1256.7 125.7 11.0 5.3 52.0 1.0 BR. OR. 493.0 39.2 15.7 0.6 25.6
PIXIE Riverside 4/11/2003 10 58.7 58.4 1.0 1018.4 101.8 10.0 3.0 32.0 4.0 BR. OR. 470.8 46.2 13.0 0.5 25.2
PIXIE Riverside 4/11/2003 10 60.2 57.8 1.0 973.9 97.4 10.0 3.0 35.0 0.0 BR. OR. 485.8 49.9 14.0 0.6 23.8
PIXIE Riverside 5/7/2003 10 56.1 55.7 1.0 930.7 93.1 9.0 3.0 31.0 0.0 BR. OR. 436.3 46.9 12.3 0.5 24.6
PIXIE Riverside 5/7/2003 10 57.8 57.4 1.0 964.7 96.5 9.0 3.0 32.0 1.0 BR. OR. 482.1 50.0 13.0 0.6 21.0
PIXIE Lindcove 3/18/2004 10 59.0 66.1 0.9 1246.8 124.7 10.5 5.5 48.0 0.0 BR. OR. 575.6 46.2 NA 0.8 16.6
PIXIE Lindcove 3/18/2004 10 52.5 59.4 0.9 933.6 93.4 10.5 5.5 46.0 0.0 BR. OR. 437.7 46.9 NA 0.7 18.8
PIXIE Lindcove 4/21/2004 10 52.9 59.9 0.9 943.5 94.4 9.5 4.5 39.0 0.0 ORANGE 386.2 40.9 NA 0.4 33.5
PIXIE Lindcove 4/21/2004 10 49.8 58.3 0.9 892.9 89.3 10.0 4.5 44.0 0.0 ORANGE 374.9 42.0 NA 0.3 40.4
PIXIE Lindcove 5/10/2004 10 57.8 63.4 0.9 1088.8 108.9 10.5 4.5 50.0 0.0 ORANGE 392.6 36.1 NA 0.8 14.7
PIXIE Lindcove 5/10/2004 10 53.5 56.7 0.9 832.2 83.2 10.5 4.0 48.0 0.0 ORANGE 286.6 34.4 NA 0.6 14.4
PIXIE Riverside 2/28/2005 10 46.7 49.7 0.9 606.1 60.6 11.0 2.5 31.0 2.0 BR. OR. 277.5 45.8 14.4 0.8 19.2
PIXIE Riverside 2/28/2005 10 57.7 56.9 1.0 905.1 90.5 10.5 3.0 39.0 1.0 BR. OR. 389.2 43.0 13.3 0.8 16.6
PIXIE Riverside 3/14/2005 10 51.3 55.1 0.9 849.7 85.0 11.0 2.5 35.0 8.0 BR. OR. 414.5 48.8 14.2 0.6 24.8
PIXIE Riverside 3/14/2005 10 58.8 63.3 0.9 1120.6 112.1 10.5 3.5 44.0 5.0 BR. OR. 489.0 43.6 13.1 0.6 22.9
PIXIE Riverside 4/11/2005 10 56.2 57.7 1.0 891.6 89.2 10.5 3.5 33.0 2.0 BR. OR. 586.7 65.8 13.2 0.6 20.8
PIXIE Riverside 5/2/2005 10 55.6 59.8 0.9 1022.2 102.2 11.0 3.5 37.0 1.0 BR. OR. 499.3 48.8 13.7 0.5 29.4
PIXIE Riverside 5/2/2005 10 58.1 61.9 0.9 1107.3 110.7 11.0 3.5 37.0 2.0 BR. OR. 520.9 47.0 13.6 0.6 24.8

 

 

 

 


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