Citrus limon L. Burm.f.
Photos by Toni Siebert and David Karp, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as seed from Beverly Hills, Ca, 1938.
Parentage/origins: Fruit brought to Dr. H.J. Webber by Dr. W.P. Kelley from tree of S.A. Faris, 244 Ladera Drive, Beverly Hills.
Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon
Season of ripeness at Riverside: The main crop is winter and early spring, but will bear fruit year-round.
Notes and observations:
11/11/1988, EMN: Fruit smooth and typical lemon shape, but juice sweet. Tree and fruit appear typically lemon, but fruit is virtually acidless.
TJS: Ottillia 'Toots' Bier is credited with bringing the unique characteristics about this accession to our attention. The tree bears typical lemon-shaped fruits, however some will be of normal acid levels, some will be of intermediate or sub-acid levels, and some will be completely acidless----all of these fruit types will be on the same tree and can appear on the same branch. Similarly, the tree will bear both pink and completely white flowers. New vegetative growth can be dark purple to bright green, and I have also witnessed green with purple veins (see above photo). When the tree is pruned there is no telling what type of fruit will be produced from the new branches.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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