Honey mandarin

Citrus reticulata Blanco RUTACEAE

CRC 3177
PI 539503
VI 133


Received as budwood from H.B. Frost, Riverside, Calif. 1915.


'King' tangor and 'Willowleaf' mandarin

Rootstocks of accession

Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

Season of ripeness at Riverside

November to January

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)

"Fruit small-sized, oblate; rind faintly pebbled; seeds numerous.  Light yellowish-orange; flavor rich and sweet.  Matures early.  Tree vigorous and tends strongly to alternate bearing.

Honey is a hybrid of the King mandarin with the Willowleaf (Mediterranean) mandarin made by H. B. Frost of the University of California Citrus Research Center, Riverside.  This hybrid is a sister of Encore, Kinnow, and Wilking.  It was described in 1943 but never released officially."


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

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Honey mandarin



Honey mandarin tree
Honey mandarin split open
Honey mandarin
Honey mandarin branch and fruit
Honey mandarin branch
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 1/2011, CVC.
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