Carter navel orange

Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck 

CRC 2008
PI 539563
VI 15


Received as a live tree from Armstrong Nurseries, 1930.


Parents unknown.

Rootstocks of accession

Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

Season of ripeness at Riverside

December to January

Notes and observations

EMN, 1986: From letter to Dr. Webber 3/28/30 from J.C. Watts of Armstrong Nurseries: The Carter navel originated at the home of Mrs. N.C. Carter, #1 East Carter Avenue, Sierra Madre, Calif. There are several trees of the variety growing on Mrs. Carter's place, but we don't know just how the variety originated. Possibly it is one of the older navel types, but we are not certain just what variety it is. We have never been able to locate a variety which is exactly similar; therefore we have called this variety the "Carter navel". We like the fruit very much, since it is very thin-skinned and very sweet. The trees have borne abundant crops. 

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)

"Both the tree and fruit of this California variety are so similar to Washington that they are indistinguishable. Grown under the same conditions, however, the rind of Carter appears to be somewhat smoother and thinner, the flesh texture a little less firm and juicier, and the flavor somewhat sweeter (less tart). Carter is also slightly earlier in maturity.

Presumed to be a bud variation of unknown origin, a number of old trees of this variety were noted about 1925 in the A. N. Carter orchard at Sierra Madre, California. The variety was introduced by the Armstrong Nurseries of Ontario, California in 1928 and recommended for home planting. It is still in demand in California and has been planted to some extent elsewhere."


Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection ProgramClick here to order budwood.

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Carter navel orange


Citrograph 60(12): 433-438, Oct. 1975.



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Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 1/15/2010, CVC.
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