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Lee mandarin

Citrus reticulata Blanco RUTACEAE

CRC 3851

PI 539525       

VI 198

 

leeleelee 

Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.

 

Source: Received as budwood from Florida, 1962.

 

Parentage/origins: Clementine mandarin x Orlando tangelo

 

Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

 

Season of ripeness at Riverside: November to January

 

Notes and observations:

8/1987, EMN: Budwood has been available in California for several years but it has not become popular.

11/23/1988, EMN: Apparently highly alternate bearing- tree 9 has a very heavy crop while tree 10 has no fruit at all. Good medium sized fruit despite heavy crop. Fruit is round, dark orange rind color. Difficult to peel but sections easily. Juicy, good flavor, somewhat seedy, slight rag. On appearance and flavor, this one should sell.

 

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):

" Fruit medium in size, slightly oblate to subglobose; basal area slightly raised and furrowed; apex evenly rounded or slightly flattened.  Rind thin, leathery, moderately adherent but readily peelable; surface smooth and glossy: color deep yellowish-orange at maturity.  Segments 9 to 10, readily separable; axis large and hollow.  Flesh color orange; tender and melting; juice abundant; flavor rich and sweet.  Seeds numerous and cotyledons light green.  Medium-early in maturity.
      Tree not distinctive, nearly thornless; dense foliage comprised of medium-sized, lanceolate leaves.
      This new early hybrid variety is one of three (Lee, Osceola, Robinson) resulting from a cross of Clementine mandarin X Orlando tangelo made by Gardner and Bellows of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Florida in 1942 and released in 1959 (Reece and Gardner, 1959).  Lee is currently under commercial trial in Florida.  Since the parent varieties respond to cross-pollination, it seems likely that the daughter varieties will respond similarly."

Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Lee mandarin:

(Old format)

CULTIVAR SAMPLE LOCATION DATE  NUMBER OF FRUIT PER SAMPLE TOTAL LENGTH PER SAMPLE (cm) TOTAL WIDTH PER SAMPLE (cm) LENGTH /WIDTH RATIO TOTAL WT PER SAMPLE (grams) MEAN WEIGHT PER FRUIT (grams) EXTERNAL COLOR BASED ON COLOR CHART TEXTURE BASED ON CHART TOTAL RIND THICKNESS PER SAMPLE (mm) TOTAL SEEDS PER SAMPLE INTERIOR COLOR DESCRIPTION TOTAL JUICE WT. PER SAMPLE (grams) % JUICE TSS (TOTAL SOLUBLE SOLIDS) % ACID (BASED ON CITRIC ACID) RATIO (TSS / % ACID) 
LEE Coachella 12/11/2002 10 58.0 60.0 1.0 1117.1 111.7 11.5 2.5 20.0 176.0 MED. ORANGE 442.7 39.6 10.6 0.5 20.5
LEE Coachella 12/11/2002 10 59.0 59.0 1.0 1111.5 111.2 11.5 2.5 20.0 148.0 MED. ORANGE 504.8 45.4 11.6 0.6 20.6
LEE Coachella 12/11/2002 10 61.3 62.7 1.0 1271.0 127.1 8.0 3.5 19.0 171.0 MED. ORANGE 531.8 41.8 10.3 0.5 19.3
LEE Coachella 12/11/2002 10 60.0 61.7 1.0 1236.6 123.7 6.5 3.5 18.0 188.0 MED. ORANGE 567.1 45.9 10.8 0.5 21.4
LEE Coachella 12/11/2002 10 61.7 65.6 0.9 1320.9 132.1 10.5 3.0 20.0 166.0 MED. ORANGE 503.5 38.1 9.7 0.5 18.6
LEE Coachella 10/9/2003 10 52.7 54.6 1.0 630.4 63.0 4.0 2.5 25.0 244.0 DK. YELLOW 299.8 47.6 9.7 0.5 20.3
LEE Coachella 10/9/2003 10 56.3 57.7 1.0 960.2 96.0 4.5 2.0 22.0 212.0 LT. YELLOW 414.6 43.2 9.0 0.5 19.7
LEE Coachella 10/9/2003 10 55.3 56.2 1.0 910.2 91.0 4.5 2.0 23.0 182.0 YELLOW 338.0 37.1 9.2 0.4 22.8
LEE Coachella 10/9/2003 10 56.1 57.2 1.0 946.2 94.6 4.0 1.5 23.0 142.0 BR. YELLOW 374.7 39.6 8.7 0.5 18.9
LEE Coachella 10/9/2003 10 53.1 56.3 0.9 1031.3 103.1 4.5 1.0 25.0 186.0 YELLOW 387.8 37.6 8.8 0.4 19.9
LEE Coachella 10/9/2003 10 56.0 56.7 1.0 924.7 92.5 5.7 3.0 18.0 199.0 LT. OR. YEL. 368.6 39.9 9.0 0.5 19.5
LEE Coachella 11/21/2003 10 57.1 61.2 0.9 1084.5 108.5 11.0 3.0 22.0 170.0 PALE ORANGE 457.8 42.2 8.7 2.3 3.8
LEE Coachella 11/21/2003 10 61.1 65.6 0.9 1327.6 132.8 8.5 3.0 25.0 168.0 PALE ORANGE 566.8 42.7 9.1 1.1 8.0
LEE Coachella 11/21/2003 9 55.4 58.4 0.9 1185.0 131.7 10.0 3.0 23.0 216.0 ORANGE 543.5 45.9 9.6 1.1 8.9
LEE Coachella 11/21/2003 10 58.2 62.1 0.9 1129.3 112.9 10.0 2.0 26.0 140.0 ORANGE 524.0 46.4 9.3 1.0 9.2
LEE Coachella 11/21/2003 10 60.7 65.3 0.9 1352.9 135.3 10.5 2.0 28.0 156.0 ORANGE 500.8 37.0 10.4 1.2 8.6
LEE Coachella 11/21/2003 10 60.4 65.9 0.9 1331.4 133.1 11.0 2.0 28.0 198.0 ORANGE 525.8 39.5 10.5 1.3 8.4
LEE Coachella 11/21/2003 10 60.4 65.9 0.9 1331.4 133.1 11.0 2.0 28.0 198.0 ORANGE 525.8 39.5 10.5 1.3 8.4
LEE Coachella 11/21/2003 10 60.7 65.3 0.9 1352.9 135.3 10.5 2.0 28.0 156.0 ORANGE 500.8 37.0 10.4 1.2 8.6
LEE Coachella 11/21/2003 10 58.2 62.1 0.9 1129.3 112.9 10.0 2.0 26.0 140.0 ORANGE 524.0 46.4 9.3 1.2 8.6
LEE Coachella 10/28/2004 10 63.1 63.0 1.0 1511.8 151.2 5.0 1.5 25.0 232.0 MED. ORANGE 631.8 41.8 8.6 0.6 14.3
LEE Coachella 10/28/2004 10 63.3 62.5 1.0 1267.9 126.8 4.5 1.0 23.0 124.0 LT. ORANGE 634.2 50.0 8.1 0.5 16.0
LEE Coachella 10/28/2004 10 65.6 62.5 1.0 1320.5 132.1 4.5 1.5 25.0 127.0 LT. ORANGE 694.0 52.6 8.5 0.5 16.7
LEE Coachella 10/28/2004 10 64.8 65.9 1.0 1420.8 142.1 4.5 1.0 25.0 128.0 LT. ORANGE 767.6 54.0 8.7 0.6 15.7
LEE Coachella 10/28/2004 10 68.2 62.3 1.1 1326.6 132.7 4.0 2.0 29.0 69.0 LT. ORANGE 517.3 39.0 8.5 0.6 15.1
LEE Coachella 10/28/2004 10 61.4 62.3 1.0 1234.1 123.4 4.5 1.5 28.0 90.0 LT. ORANGE 551.1 44.7 9.0 0.6 15.1

 



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