X Fortucitrocirus spp. RUTACEAE
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC.10/30/2013. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Dr. Joe Furr, USDCS, Indio, CA, 1968.
Parentage/origins: Fortunella margarita 'Nagami' X Citroncirus 'Rusk'. Open pollinated seedling.
Rootstocks of accession: Cleopatra mandarin
Season of ripeness at Riverside: January to April
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
These were the first trigeneric hybrids to be produced artificially from definitely known parents. Swingle succeeded in making this cross in 1909 by using pollen from Willits and Rusk citranges (Poncirus trifoliata X Citrus sinensis) on properly safeguarded flowers of the oval kumquat (Fortunella margarita) and the round kumquat (F. japonica). Several of these citrangequats were described and illustrated by Swingle and Robinson (1923, pp. 230-33, pls. 1, 2, 3). The Thomasville, Sinton, and Telfair citrangequats, described and figured by Hume (1926, pp. 40-42, fig. 45), are the best known of these hybrids.
Fruit small, round to oval; often necked; color deep reddish orange; sharply acid; nearly seedless. Tree moderately vigorous, upright, nearly thornless; leaves mainly unifoliolate. This Oval kumquat and Rusk citrange hybrid first fruited at Sinton, Texas, and was named and described in 1923 (Swingle and Robinson, 1923, p. 235). It is an attractive ornamental and the fruit is beautifully colored but highly acid."
Notes and observations: Seeds sent from Weslaco, A & I Station, Texas, to Dr. Furr.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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