Macetera sweet orange

Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck RUTACEAE

CRC 3871
PI 539635
VI 285 (No longer available)


Received as budwood from John Carpenter, USDCS, Indio, CA, via CCPP, 1966.


Parents unknown.

Rootstocks of accession

Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

Season of ripeness at Riverside

January to March

Notes and observations

Seedling budline grown from seed at USDCS.

2/8/1988, EMN: Attractive trees; nice fruit size on average. Slightly early in maturity but flavor seems a bit flat to my taste. Otherwise is a typical seedy sweet orange.

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)

" Fruit medium-sized, subglobose to globose; apex slightly depressed; seeds few.  Rind very thin, smooth, and finely pebbled.  Color pale.  Flesh tender, juicy, and with special flavor and fragrance.  Fruit holds well on tree, but sensitive to frost.  Midseason in maturity.

Tree robust, large-sized, and somewhat thorny.  A regular and good bearer.

This high-quality, old Spanish variety is said to be increasing in importance, especially in Alicante Province, but its thin rind and juiciness make it a poor shipper and keeper.  It is considered excellent for processing. "


Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program. 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 Macetera sweet orange


Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC.
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