Salustiana sweet orange
Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck RUTACEAE
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from USDCS, Indio, CA, via CCPP, 1963.
Parentage/origins: This Spanish variety is believed to have originated as a limb sport on a comuna tree in the garden of a convent. It was called to the attention of Don Salustiano Pallas of nearby Enova, Valencia, and propagated and introduced by him about 1950 (Gonzalez-Sicilia, 1963).
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: December to February
Notes and observations:
Seedling budline developed at USDCS.
2/8/1988, EMN: A typical mid-season seedy sweet orange; tends toward small fruit sizes; has relatively few seeds.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
Fruit medium-large, subglobose to spherical; basal cavity shallow with faint radial furrows; apex depressed; areolar ring small but well-marked in many cases; virtually seedless. Unusually well-colored at maturity. Rind medium-thick and surface moderately pebbled. Flesh melting, juicy; flavor rich and sweet. Fruit said to hold especially well on tree without much loss of quality. Early in maturity (earliest of the Spanish varieties).
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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