Sunrise tangelo

Citrus tangelo J.W. Ingram & H.E. Moore

CRC 2606
PI 539704


Received as budwood from USDA, Sacaton, Arizona, 1936


Parents unknown.

Rootstocks of accession

Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

Season of ripeness at Riverside

November to January

Notes and observations

CPB number should be 40693 according to records from D. Hutchison--R.K. Soost 12/79. Sunrise (K-Early) tangelo is described in TCI, Vol. I, pp 547, but this accession is very probably not the same cultivar since it came to CRC in 1936. In the description of K-Early, it is stated: "K-Early is sometimes incorrectly called Sunrise, a name preempted by an older, very different, and little-known tangelo." 4/87- Medium-large, medium orange rind color with reddish blush. Peels & sections readily. Flavor good, slightly tart, seeds small, few to moderate number. Most fruit on ground now.--EMN.

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)

"Fruit medium size, slightly subglobose; color yellowish-orange; seedy; rather acid.  Very early maturity.  Somewhat resembles the Orlando in appearance.

K-Early is sometimes incorrectly called Sunrise, a name preempted by an older, very different, and little-known tangelo.  This variety is one of the first hybrids created by Webber and Swingle of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Florida, and originally was not considered worthy of introduction.  Approximately two decades ago, it attracted the attention of John Kauffman, Sr. of the Grand Island Nurseries at Eustis, Florida, who was impressed by its very early coloring and maturity and propagated trees for commercial planting about 1945.  Although of comparatively poor quality, the high market returns it has received have stimulated both interest and planting in recent years."


Not commercially available in California.


USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Sunshine tangelo


Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC.
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