Femminello Sfusato lemon

Citrus limon L. Burm.f.

CRC 3389
PI 539300


Received as seed from Acireale, Sicily, Italy, 1962.


Parents unknown.

Rootstocks of accession

Yuma Ponderosa lemon


Season of ripeness at Riverside

Crop well distributed throughout year but mainly in late winter and spring.


Notes and observations

This was seedling #5, no record re single or double seedling. Note by visitors from Italy, 1985: This is a major Italian variety.

11/13/1989, EMN: Matches C.I. description fairly well except not seedy this season here.

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)

"Fruit of medium size, elliptical to oblong; prominently necked and with large long-tapering nipple; seedy.  Color yellow at maturity.  Rind medium-thick; surface finely pitted with sunken oil glands, medium smooth; tightly adherent.  Segments about 10; axis of medium size and semi-open.  Flesh firm, juicy, and highly acid.  Crop well distributed throughout year but mainly in late winter and spring.

Tree very vigorous, upright-spreading, large, spiny; leaves large; highly productive.  Especially well adapted to the forcing treatment.

Russo (1955) is of the opinion that the California Lisbon clones are remarkably similar to or identical with the Italian Femminello Sfusato.  Once highly important in Italy, this variety has largely been replaced by Femminello Ovale and others."


Not commercially available in California.

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Femminello Sfusato lemon


Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC.
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