Workman navel orange

Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck

CRC 3320
PI 539572
VI 348 (No longer available)


Received as budwood from East Highlands Orange, Co. East Highlands, Calif., 1959.


Apparently derived from a bud sport.

Rootstocks of accession

Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

Season of ripeness at Riverside

December to January

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)

"Fruit similar to Washington, but rind thicker and rougher in texture; colors and matures considerably later. Holds on tree especially well with little loss in internal quality.

  • Tree more vigorous, low and spreading; leaves larger than Washington; twig bark distinctively russet-brown.
  • A budsport discovered about 1934 in the orchard of J. A. Workman at Riverside, California, this variety was named, patented (U.S. Plant Patent No. 347), and introduced by the Armstrong Nurseries of Ontario in 1942. Workman navel is recommended for home planting and has not achieved commercial importance."


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 Workman navel orange



Citrograph, Dec. 1985, pp 31.



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