Variegated Valencia orange
Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck
Photos by Toni Siebert, CVC, 4/11/2008. Photo rights. C-35 left, Carrizo right, 18 year old trees.
Source: Reeceived as budwood from UCR Field 5B-3-1- sport on high southeast, Riverside, Ca, 1989.
Parentage/origins: Originated as a mutation on regular Valencia orange.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: March to July
Notes and observations:
3/1990, EMN: This is a sport noticed by Robert Torres of Agricultural Operations, UCR. Interesting foliage pattern but fruit may not be much good. This was propagated for possible processing as a new VI for release to the Calif. citrus industry as an "edible ornamental". However, the trees grew very weakly, probably due to chlorophyll deficiency since the variegation pattern includes very little dark green leaf portions. So it has been dropped as a new VI and will be put in the variety collection only.
4/18/2008, TS: Large branches in the trees have reverted back to non-variegated foliage. The fruits on the variegated branches have raised ridges. Tastes like a regular Valencia type.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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