X Citrofortunella sp.
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Source: Received as budwood from Ottillia J. Bier from a tree that she purchased at a garden center and planted in her backyard, Riverside, Ca, 2000.
Parentage/origins: Tavares is believed to a hybrid of the West Indian lime and the oval kumquat (Fortunella margarita).
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Year-Round
Season of flowering at Riverside: July to October
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Of the limequats, which are bigeneric hybrids, three varieties have been named —Eustis, Lakeland, and Tavares. Their importance is approximately in that order. All are characterized by fruits that closely resemble the West Indian lime in size, form, and composition and hence are reasonably acceptable substitutes. Eustis and Lakeland also closely approach the West Indian lime in color. Tavares, however, exhibits some of the orange coloration characteristic of the kumquat and the pink coloration of the flower buds which occurs in the West Indian lime. All of the limequats are more cold-resistant than the lime parent but considerably less so than the kumquat.
Availability: Not commercially available in California. This variety is still in the process of being "cleaned up" by the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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