Citrus reticulata Blanco RUTACEAE
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Florida, 1962.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: November to January
Notes and observations:
3/1987, EMN: Most on ground. Small fruit.
11/23/1988, EMN: Medium-small, dark orange, oblate mandarin subject to alternate bearing and small sized fruit in on-crop years. Does not peel readily and is too seedy; flesh is coarse, ricey, raggy; but flavor is very good.
11/29/1989, EMN: Note from May, 1978 Citrograph CCPP update (pp 163): Robinson…has proved to be unsuited for commercial use in California. The trees exhibit excessive dieback in the nursery and orchard; this has also been reported for Robinson in Florida (4) and South Africa. Lit. Cit (4) is Fedder, et al. 1966. Twig gumming and dieback of the Robinson tangerine. Plant Disease Reptr. 50:429-430. Our source of Robinson (VI 200) has now been STG'd and planted in the CB at Lindcove (VI 416). This tree (CB 32-4, pl. 1986) should be watched; maybe STG took out the twig gumming & dieback tendency. (Var. Coll. trees at 12B-26-15, 16 are from VI 200, before STG).
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Fruit medium-large, oblate (more so than Osceola): base evenly rounded or slightly necked; apex broadly depressed. Rind thin, tough and leathery, moderately adherent but easily peelable: surface smooth and glossy; color deep yellowish-orange at maturity. Segments numerous (12-14), readily separable; axis large and hollow. Flesh color deep orange; juicy; flavor rich and sweet. Seeds moderately numerous and cotyledons light green. Early in maturity (about the same as Lee and Osceola but colors earlier).
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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