Gillette navel orange
Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 1/28/2010, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Fay Gillette, Hemet, Ca, 1953.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown. Probable limb sport.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: December to January
Notes and observations:
EMN, 1986: Budwood from State-registered tree No. 2876. Characterized by larger, darker green, coarser leaves than regular navel. Fruit tends to be a little larger and a little coarser than a regular navel. May be a tetraploid. #1 tree planted in 1930 by W.M. Gregg, Rootstock unknown--located in 4th irrigation block, east of flume and east and adjacent to irrigation stand in row 46 last tree in irrigation run. Registered as tree #2876. Progeny trees topworked at Stewart Hinkley, Redlands; also Earl Gillette, LaVerne. #2 Gillette very similar to #1. Located in same block in R-48 and 8th tree from bottom of irrig. run. Registered as tree #2877. This accession had exocortis which was removed by shoot tip grafting (STG 31-1).
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Fruit large, spherical; navel well developed but not prominent; seedless. Well-colored. Rind thick and moderately pebbled. Flesh color, texture, and flavor similar to Washington. Very early in maturity (about ten days earlier than Washington) and holds well on the tree.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
Citrograph 60:433-438, Oct. 1975.
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