Golden Nugget navel orange

Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck 

CRC 1379
PI 539561


Received as live tree from A.D. Shamel, USDA, 1923.


Apparently a limb sport of another navel variety.

Rootstocks of accession

Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

Season of ripeness at Riverside

December to January

Notes and observations

Tree furnished by A.D. Shamel. This accession had psorosis and exocortis, removed by shoot tip grafting (STG 56-5)--EMN 1985. Nugget (Golden Nugget) is described in TCI, Vol. I, p. 487, as being weak-growing, small, and drooping. 

EMN, 1/1989: No fruit yet. 

EMN, 12/14/1989: Small, drooping trees. No crop on Tree 8; light crop of good sized fruit on tree 7. Nice fruit- Description in TCI, p. 487, fits this accession well.

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)

"Fruit medium-large, oblong; navel medium small but open; rind relatively smooth and pale yellowish-orange; flesh crisp and moderately juicy; pronounced tendency to splitting. Early in maturity. 

Tree weak-growing, small, and drooping.

A limb sport discovered by J. P. Engelhart of Glendora and introduced by the San Dimas Nursery Company in 1893, this Californian variety never attained commercial importance.


Not commercially available in California. 


USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Golden Nugget navel orange


Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 1/28/2010, CVC.
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