Citrus × tangelo
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Source: Received as budwood from USDCS, Indio, CA, via CCPP, 1958.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange, Cleopatra mandarin, Swingle citrumelo
Season of ripeness at Riverside: November to January
Notes and observations:
The tree is moderately vigorous and slightly more cold resistant than Minneola. The leaves of Orlando tend to be cupped, and the fruit is almost round or slightly flattened. The rind is orange, thin, slightly textured, and not easily peeled. The flesh is orange, juicy, and sweet. The season of maturity is early. As with Minneola, Orlando’s blossoms are self-incompatible, and must be pollinated by a suitable pollinator to ensure satisfactory fruit set. As with Minneola, cross-pollinated fruits are seedy.
L.K Jackson and S.H. Futch: "Originally this variety was known as "Lake tangelo", but changed to "Orlando" many years ago. The size and shape are tangerine like with an average diameter of 2 3/4 to 3 inches, with the color and texture more closely the color of an orange. Seed number will vary depending on cross-pollination from a low of zero seeds in solid blocks to as many of 35 seeds per fruit in blocks of high pollination. The rind adheres firmly to the pulp and is not easily peeled by hand. Since this variety produces poorly in solid set blocks, it is recommended that cross-pollination with Temple, Robinson, or Sunburst be used to enhance yields. Commericial harvest season is from November to January. The tree will grow to a large size and the foliage is easily recognized by the characteristic cup-shaped leaves. This variety is recognized as being one of the more cold tolerant varieties."
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Fruit medium-large, broadly oblate to subglobose; without neck; seedy. Rind orange-colored; thin, slightly pebbled, and fairly tightly adherent (not free-peeling). Segments numerous (12-14); axis small and hollow. Flesh orange-colored; tender, very juicy; flavor mildly sweet. Season of maturity early.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
"Facts about specialty citrus characteristics", L.K. Jackson and S. H. Futch, Citrus Industry, April 1994, pgs. 57 & 66.
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