Imperial variegated sweet orange

Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck RUTACEAE

CRC 321
PI 539606
VI 473, 537
 (No longer available)


Received as budwood from Dr. Fawcett's #55, Florida collection, 1914.


Originally from Rio de Janeira, Brazil.

Rootstocks of accession

Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

Season of ripeness at Riverside

January to March

Notes and observations

WPB: A variegated orange containing alternating striped of light and green color before maturity. Leaves ornamental. Said to be a commercial variety in Brazil. Note: This should not be confused with the acidless Imperiale from Spain.

3/23/1987, EMN: Fruit is variegated, having corrugated rind with varying color stripes; flavor is fair. Might have ornamental potential.

1/13/1988, EMN:Fruit has pretty good flavor but is moderately seedy. Will plan to enter this accession as a new VI and move to the Lindcove foundation block.

11/1989: Was entered as VI 473 in fall 1988 but had psorosis; put into Thermo, which plants did not push well. Sched. to re-enter in 1990.


No longer commercially available in California. This accession no longer has an approved budsource. Please refer to the CCPP for information on another approved budsource or to start a reintroduction inquiry.

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Imperial variegated sweet orange



Imperial variegated sweet orange
Imperial variegated sweet orange tree
Imperial variegated sweet orange leaf
Imperial variegated sweet orange cut open
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC.
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