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Femminello Siracusano white flower lemon

Citrus limon L. Burm.f.


CRC 4226

VI 803 (No longer available)

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


Source: Received as budwood from Citrus Clonal Protection Program, Rubidoux, Ca, 2011.


Parentage/origins: Femminello Siracusano White Flower lemon was introduced from Italy, and is a result of mutation breeding by irradiation of the cultivar thought to be Femminello Commune lemon.


Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange


Season of ripeness at Riverside: Unknown at this time.


Notes and observations:

In Italy, the tree has a dense, mostly thornless crown. The tree does indeed produce white flowers, young green shoots, and lemons with typical acidity. If you are familiar with acid-type citrus fruits, you know it is unusual for lemons not to have a least some trace of purple on young shoots and flowers.  The trees are reported to be very productive, but sensitive to damage by the wind. In Italy, Femminello Siracusano White Flower lemon fruits are elliptical and large (130 - 160 g) with a rounded base and a slightly protruding tip. The external rind of the fruit is yellow, slightly bumpy, with medium thickness. The internal flesh is lemon yellow, very juicy and very acidic, usually of 10 segments, and contains a lot of seeds. The fruit matures by October. In January 2015, Giuseppe Reforgiato Recupero of Instituto Sperimentale per l'Agrumicoltura, Acireale, Sicily, confirmed that Limoni Femminello Siracusano & Siracusano 2KR are public varieties not covered by the Italian patenting system.

Availability:  No longer commercially available in California. This accession no longer has an approved budsource. Please refer to the CCPP for information on another approved budsource or to start a reintroduction inquiry.

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Femminello Siracusano white flower lemon



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