Myrtifolia sour orange (CRC 3290)
Citrus myrtifolia Rafinesque
Citrus aurantium var. myrtifolia
Photos by David Karp, CVC, 3/3/2008. Photo rights.
Source: Budwood used from another accession in the Citrus Variety Collection.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: January to March
Notes and observations:
2/24/1988, EMN: No fruit. Very compact tree. Small leaves which tend to be cupped.
1/18/1989, EMN: No fruit yet this season.
1/26/1990, EMN: Fruit about half the size of Standard sour, less well colored now- many fruit still greenish. Thick rind; coarse, dryish flesh; sour, seedy.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Because it somewhat resembles the sour orange, the myrtle-leaf orange (chinotto of Italy, chinois of France) is commonly considered to be a botanical variety of C. aurantium L. Indeed, the presumption is that the myrtle-leaf orange originated as a mutation from the sour orange. The differences are sufficiently great and the degree of variation exhibited so wide, however, as to appear to justify separate species standing.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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