Frua mandarin

Citrus reticulata Blanco RUTACEAE

CRC 3022
PI 539501


Received in an unknown form from an unknown source in 1950. Produced at UCR.


King tangor x Dancy mandarin

Rootstocks of accession

Carrizo citrange

Season of ripeness at Riverside

January to March

Notes and observations

This cultivars continues to lack vigor and has been repropagated several times. The fruit can be very puffy and is not very attractive.  Frua is a parent of Cocktail ("grapefruit") pummelo hybrid.

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)

"Fruit medium-sized, slightly necked, somewhat pebbled.  Reddish-orange with few seeds and mild, sweet flavor.  Rind puffs rather badly.  Early midseason in maturity (earlier than Dancy, which it somewhat resembles).  Tree lacks vigor. 

Frua is a hybrid of the King mandarin with the Dancy tangerine developed from a cross made by H. B. Frost of the University of California Citrus Research Center, Riverside.  It was selected in 1925 and released in 1950."


Not commercially available in California.


USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Frua mandarin



Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC.
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