Bouquetier de Nice sour orange
Citrus aurantium L.
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Spain, 2006.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: October to December
Notes and observations:
"Origin: Pamplona, year 1421 (information from SRA website). Selection of bouquetier type bigard (sour orange). The bouquetiers represent a distinctive group of bigards (sour oranges). They are generally small trees with few thorns and many flowers. They are grown primarily for their perfumy flowers, which are used in the production of high quality neroli oil and its byproduct of orange flower-water.
Important note for fans of funky fruit: this selection was chosen for introduction to the US due to the cute horned fruits observed during the ISCN post-conference tour to Corsica in 1997. However, 'Bouquetier de Nice' is consistently described and shown in the literature as having flattened fruit (also refer to the alternate cultivar name of 'Bouquetier de Nice a Fruits Plats'). It is possible that this will end up not having horned fruits. It is also possible that the Corsica selection was mislabelled and did indeed represent a corniculated selection. In any event, there are other corniculated sour oranges presently under quarantine so at some point our desire for them should be satiated. (RRK, 12/2006)."
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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