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Pink pummelo (CRC 2246)

Citrus maxima (Burm.) Merr. RUTACEAE

CRC 2246
PI 539361, 109698

CPB 10305

VI 160 (No longer available)

Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC.10/30/2013. Photo rights.

Source: Received as budwood from CPB, 1930.

Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.

Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

Season of ripeness at Riverside: October to November

Notes and observations:

Smooth, ovate, thick rind; seedy, light pink, good flavor; medium size.

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

" Fruit large, broadly obovate to short pyriform with shallow depression at apex; nearly seedless.  Light yellow at maturity in California, but probably pink-tinted in semitropical climates.  Rind medium-thick; surface smooth; tightly adherent.  Segments numerous and carpellary membranes moderately tough, but commonly split open at axis at maturity.  Flesh coarse-grained, pink-tinged; very juicy; flavor grapefruit-like (subacid with trace of bitterness).  Late in maturity. 
      Tree vigorous, very large, and spreading; leaves typical—broad-pointed; twigs and shoot growth faintly pubescent.
      This clone, which was received by the Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1929 under the name Siamese Pink (CES 2246) corresponds ell with the variety Siam, named and described by Wester (1917).  According to Wester, it was introduced into the Philippine Islands in 1913.  In California, when fully ripe it is clearly one of the best in flavor, although sometimes it has a trace of bitterness."

Availability: No longer commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program. 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 Pink pummelo (CRC 2246)





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