Ponderosa lemon hybrid
Citrus × limon L. Burm.f.
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Dr. Fawcett's #127, Florida collection, 1914.
Parentage/origins: Possibly a hybrid between a citron and a lemon.
Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Fruits mature throughout year.
Notes and observations:
Ponderosa lemon is a large fruit with a thick and bumpy rind. Since both the tree and the fruit resemble citron in most respects, there is little doubt that Ponderosa is a hybrid between citron and lemon. This variety originated about 1887 as seedling grown by George Bowman of Hagerstown, Maryland, and was named and introduced into the nursery trade in 1900. Ponderosa makes a nice ornamental with its purple-tinged flowers and new growth, however it is sensitive to cold and very thorny.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Fruit medium-large, obovoid; collar radially ribbed or furrowed or short neck and low broad apical nipple; color lemon-yellow; seedy and monoembyonic. Rind medium-thick and fleshy; surface smooth but slightly bumpy and indistinctly ribbed. Flesh color pale green; juicy; flavor acid. Fruits mature throughout year.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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