Willowleaf sour orange
Citrus aurantium var. salicifolia
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC, 2/11/2008. Photo rights.
Source: Probably propagated as budwood from another source in the Citrus Variety Collection, date unknown.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, Yuma Ponderosa lemon
Season of ripeness at Riverside: February to April
Notes and observations:
2/24/1988, EMN: All leaves extremely long and narrow. No fruit except off-bloom.
1/18/1989, EMN: NOT a typical sour orange. Fruit is small, about 1/3 to 1/2 normal sour orange size. Fruit just now breaking color from dark green to yellow. Rind thick & rough. Pulp yellow, sour; few seeds.
2/11/2008 OJB, TS & DK: Very acid, somewhat bitter juice, no culinary value.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"As the name indicates, this is a willow-leafed form of ornamental. The tree is moderately dwarfed, of highly symmetrical round-topped form, with dense compact foliage consisting of small, narrow, sharp-pointed, yellowish-green leaves. The fruits are small, round to pyriform, yellowish-orange and with only juiceless flesh.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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