Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck
VI 713 (No longer available)
Received as budwood from Dr. Fawcett's Florida collection, 1914.
Rootstocks of accession
Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside
December to January
Notes and observations
EMN, 12/14/1989: Contrary to the name, which suggests that it might be a very late navel, Navelencia matures slightly earlier than Washington; just after Thomson. Not planted for many years. This info from The Citrus Industry. Maybe, since it matures between late Valencia & navel, it should have been named Valencavel. Should we re-name it? Anyway, back to seriousness: Fruit has smooth rind, somewhat coarse flesh, is sweet now. Fruit compared with Thomson and found to be very similar. If anything, Navelencia fruit may be even smoother rinded than Thomson.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)
"Fruit paler in color than Washington; rind much smoother (similar to Thomson), and slightly tougher; navel somewhat prominent but usually closed. Maturity slightly earlier than Washington, but later than Thomson. Flesh texture firm, but juicier than Thomson; flavor as good or better. Fruit holds better on tree than Thomson.
Tree less vigorous than Washington.
This variety originated in the orchard of A. C. Thomson at Duarte, California, and was introduced in 1903 by the R. M. Teague Nurseries of San Dimas. Although popular for a while, Navelencia has not been planted for many years.
No longer commercially available in California. This accession no longer has an approved bud source. Please refer to the CCPP for information on another approved bud source or to start a reintroduction inquiry.