Shambar grapefruit

Citrus paradisi Macfadyen

CRC 3831
PI 539481
VI 269


Received as budwood from Willits & Newcomb, Thermal, Ca, 1965.


Reported to be a limb sport of Marsh discovered in Corona, Ca.

Rootstocks of accession

Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

Season of ripeness at Riverside

February to June

Notes and observations

7/1987, EMN: At Lindcove it has been virtually identical to Redblush.

3/18/1988, EMN: Flesh seems a little darker pink than Redblush this season; which is why it was named and promoted, right? I always thought the darker pink attributed to Shambar was nothing more than a hope-ticle illusion; but maybe it is true.

6/10/2009, DK & TS: Attractive salmon-colored flesh, medium to low seeds; typical pigmented grapefruit flavor.

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)

"Shambar is a seedless, pink-fleshed fruit that resembles Redblush (Ruby) and has been reported to mature slightly earlier than Marsh or Redblush and to exhibit somewhat better color and flavor than the latter.

It was discovered by Alec Barnes in 1936 as a limb sport of Marsh in an orchard of the Chace Brothers (later American Fruit Growers Company) at Corona, California.  It was first described by A. D. Shamel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Shambar was introduced commercially in 1945, but has been little propagated."


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


USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Shambar grapefruit


25 year old trees, C-35 left, Carrizo right.
Photos by Toni Siebert and David Karp, CVC, 5/22/2008.
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