Sanguinelli blood orange

Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck

CRC 3828
PI 539552
VI 413


Received as seed by USDCS, Indio, CA, via CCPP, 1960.


The variety originated as a limbsport of Doblefina which came to light about 1950.

Rootstocks of accession

Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

Season of ripeness at Riverside

December to February

Notes and observations

EMN, 3/23/1987: All fruit now on ground and rotting.

EMN, 2/4/1988: Elongate, tends to small size when crop is heavy. Few seeds; flavor still tart and fruit is beginning to drop as of this date. See blood orange color comparison chart on back of CRC 3152 accession card.

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)

"Sanguinelli is a late midseason blood orange variety from Spain. The tree is small to medium in size, spineless, and very productive. Fruit said to be similar to Doblefina, but larger, seedier, and often asymmetrical; persistent style; blood coloration of both rind and flesh much more intense and constant.  External red pigmentation rarely equalled by other blood oranges and excelled by none, making the fruit most attractive.  Reported to hold on tree longer than Doblefina and to store and ship fully as well or better.  Late midseason in maturity.  Intensity of external pigmentation and purplish-red color of the chalazal spot (Chapot, 1963e) place this variety in the deep blood group.

Tree small to medium, spineless; foliage light green; productive.

Spanish Sanguinelli is the preferred name to distinguish this new variety from the Italian light blood group (singular sanguinella, plural sanguinelli).

The variety originated as a limb sport of Doblefina which came to light about 1950.  Its market reception has been excellent and it seems destined to replace the parent variety and most other Spanish blood oranges."


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


USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Sanguinelli blood orange


Photos by Toni Siebert and David Karp, 3/17/2010, CVC.
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