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Thomasville citrangequat

X Fortucitrocirus spp. RUTACEAE

CRC 1440

PI 539849


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


Source: Received as a cutting from W.T. Swingle, USDA, 1924.


Parentage/origins: Willits citrange x Fortunella margarita


Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange


Season of ripeness at Riverside: January to April

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

" Fruit medium-small, globose to oval; color yellow to orange-yellow; acid until fully mature when it becomes edible; somewhat seedy. 
      Tree very vigorous, upright, thorny; leaves variable but mainly trifoliolate. 
      This citrangequat is of the same parentage as Telfair and was first fruited at Thomasville, Georgia.  The cross was made in 1909, and the variety was named and described in 1923 (Swingle and Robinson, 1923, p. 230).
      Presumably because of the larger size and edibility of the fruit, it is much the most popular variety.  "


Notes and observations:

Hybrid stock, rooted cutting. Willits citrange x F. margarita. A note particularly attractive tree with foliage a tad sparse, borders on "ratty" appearing. Fruit is small, pear shaped, of a not especially attractive light orange color. Thin rind, flesh tender & juicy, few seeds. Flavor has typical citrange flavor component plus is sour--not edible to me.


Availability: Not commercially available in California.


USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Thomasville citrangequat




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