Citrus reticulata Blanco RUTACEAE
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Dr. Joe Furr, USDCS, Indio, Calif., 1966.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: March to May
Notes and observations:
3/26/1987, EMN: Somewhat small fruit size with heavy crop. Good rind color. Still too sour to eat at this date.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
Fruit medium to medium-large, moderately oblate; rind medium-thin, fairly tightly adherent but peelable; surface texture somewhat pebbled; color reddish-orange. Flesh orange-colored; firm but tender and juicy; flavor rich and sprightly (subacid). Seeds numerous, of medium size, and monoembryonic. Late in maturity and fruit holds well on tree with little loss in quality.
*It was long believed that the pedigree of Fortune mandarin was Clementine mandarin x Dancy mandarin, however based on the investigation into the parentage of Fortune mandarin as reported in "Investigating the Parentage of ‘Orri’ and ‘Fortune’ Mandarin Hybrids" by Graham H. Barry, Frederick G. Gmitter Jr., Chunxian Chen, Mikeal L. Roose, Claire T. Federici and Gregory T. McCollum, it is now believed that the actual male parent of Fortune is possibly Orlando tangelo and not Dancy mandarin.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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