Villafranca lemon (CRC 390)
Citrus × limon L. Burm.f.
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 4/8/2011, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from a grove in Glendora, Calif., 1914.
Parentage/origins: Said to be of Sicilian origin.
Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon.
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Fruit indistinguishable from Eureka, but seasonal distribution of crop more like Lisbon, mainly in winter.
Notes and observations:
Buds cut from famous tree, having heaviest yield on record (1250 lb. fruit in one year). Tree in unpruned grove at Glendora. Yield records taken and kept by Mr. Hosford of San Dimas Lemon Assoc. 4/07/1914. Buds cut by Mertz, Barrett, and Milliken, San Dimas, Calif.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
Fruit indistinguishable from Eureka, but seasonal distribution of crop more like Lisbon, mainly in winter.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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