Palazzelli mandarin

Citrus spp.

CRC 4244


Received as budwood from the IVIA, Valencia Province, Spain, 2009.


Reported to be a hybrid of C. clementina 'Comun' X C. nobilis 'King', made at the Citrus Institute, Acireale, Sicily, 1952.


Rootstocks of accession

Carrizo citrange

Season of ripeness at Riverside


Notes and observations

RRK: "Introduced at the request of Dr Ed Stover, USHRL. Nicotra (2001) lists 'Palazzelli' as one of the most important mandarin hybrids developed in Italy but does not supply any descriptive detail. Saunt (2000), p 70, states "The trees are vigorous, attain medium size and are very productive but have a marked tendency to alternate-bearing. The leaves resemble those of the Clementine parent. Palazzelli fruit is medium size and the rind has a similar colour and texture to the Clementine and is easily peeled. Its outstanding features are its good Clementine-like flavour and its exceptional late maturity which allows harvesting as late as May. Palazzelli stores well but unfortunately it regularly sets five or more seeds per fruit even in solid-block plantings. Although a popular variety in Sicily, it is unlikely to gain much favour on overseas markets in Western Europe where the demand is for seedless mandarins."


Not commercially available in California.


USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Palazzelli mandarin

Photos by David Karp, Toni Siebert Wooldridge, & Karene Trunnelle.
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