Femminello lemon

Citrus limon L. Burm.f.

CRC 3500
PI 539329
VI 346 
(No longer available), 1470


Received as budwood from Domingo Hardison, La Campana Ranch, Fillmore, Ca, 1966.


D. Hardison stated that Femminello came from Santa Barbara to Hardison.

Rootstocks of accession

Yuma Ponderosa lemon

Season of ripeness at Riverside

Femminello sets fruit throughout the year.

Notes and observations

The medium-sized fruits are elliptical to oblong with a neck that varies from short to long, and a nipple that varies from short and blunt to long and tapered, depending upon the selection.  The rind is medium thick, finely pitted with sunken oil glands, and yellow at full maturity.  The flesh is pale greenish-yellow, low-seeded to seedless, juicy, and very acidic.      

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)

"Femminello lemon-types are the most important lemon group in Italy. They grow vigorously and are of moderate size at maturity.  The trees tend to have few thorns and flower and set fruit throughout the year.  In Italy, Femminello lemon trees are culturally managed so as to produce four crops per year.  The autumn crop is called Primofiore, the winter to spring crop is called Limoni, the spring crop is called Bianchetti, and the summer crop is called Verdelli. There are a number of named selections within the Femminello group and the primary seasons and fruit characteristics vary with the selection."


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

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Femminello lemon


Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC.
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