Gillette navel orange
Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 1/28/2010, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Fay Gillette, Hemet, Ca, 1953.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown. Probable limb sport.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: December to January
Notes and observations:
EMN, 1986: Budwood from State-registered tree No. 2876. Characterized by larger, darker green, coarser leaves than regular navel. Fruit tends to be a little larger and a little coarser than a regular navel. May be a tetraploid. #1 tree planted in 1930 by W.M. Gregg, Rootstock unknown--located in 4th irrigation block, east of flume and east and adjacent to irrigation stand in row 46 last tree in irrigation run. Registered as tree #2876. Progeny trees topworked at Stewart Hinkley, Redlands; also Earl Gillette, LaVerne. #2 Gillette very similar to #1. Located in same block in R-48 and 8th tree from bottom of irrig. run. Registered as tree #2877. This accession had exocortis which was removed by shoot tip grafting (STG 31-1).
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Fruit large, spherical; navel well developed but not prominent; seedless. Well-colored. Rind thick and moderately pebbled. Flesh color, texture, and flavor similar to Washington. Very early in maturity (about ten days earlier than Washington) and holds well on the tree.
Citrograph 60:433-438, Oct. 1975.
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