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Berna lemon

Citrus limon L. Burm.f.


CRC 3590

PI 539307



Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 4/8/2011, CVC. Photo rights.


Source: Received as budwood from Dr. Joe Furr, USDCS, Indio, Calif., 1965.


Parentage/origins: Parents unknown. Originally from Spain.


Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon.


Season of ripeness at Riverside: Crop comes mainly in winter but holds well into summer.


Notes and observations:

12/2/1987, EMN: Fruit examined- a market type lemon- large fruit this year.


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

" Fruit medium in size, oval to broad-elliptical; neck or collar short; nipple well developed.  Seed content variable, but usually few to none.  Color bright yellow at maturity.  Rind medium-thick (thinner in summer crop); surface somewhat pebbled, rough; tightly adherent.  Crop comes mainly in winter but holds well into summer, with undesirably large fruit, however.
      Tree very vigorous, upright-spreading, large, and productive.
      According to Gonzalez-Sicilia (1963) Berna is by far the most important Spanish variety, constituting more than 90 per cent of the acreage in the Levant.  It is grown also in Algeria and Morocco.  In California, both the fruit and tree are much like the Lisbon. "

Availability: Not available through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program. Please check with wholesale nurseries.

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Berna lemon



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