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Citrus => Cold Hardy Citrus => Topic started by: SoCal2warm on January 31, 2019, 09:12:24 PM

Title: Citrange growing in Philadelphia
Post by: SoCal2warm on January 31, 2019, 09:12:24 PM
These are some pictures of a Citrange growing in the Philadelphia area, outside unprotected.
Supposedly this variety is actually a cross between a Mandarin and a Citrange.
It was planted in 2003. It died back one winter a few years ago and has probably since died completely in the severe 2017/2018 winter.

(https://i.postimg.cc/vcHbDYq5/US852-Philadelphia1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/vcHbDYq5)

It's semi-evergreen, meaning only maybe 20 percent of the leaves yellow in fall.
There are thorns in there too. Some of the leaves appear to be trifoliate.
The first fruits appeared in 2007, and there were three fruits that year. The next year there were twelve, and thirteen fruits the year after that.

(https://i.postimg.cc/k2Lmjxny/US852-Philadelphia2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/k2Lmjxny) (https://i.postimg.cc/XXn0DN0t/US852-Philadelphia3.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/XXn0DN0t)

The fruits even get a chance to ripen to nice glossy orange. They contain plenty of seeds.
Unfortunately they taste bitter and sour, not very edible.

(https://i.postimg.cc/SYx3QsSs/US852-Philadelphia4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/SYx3QsSs)(https://i.postimg.cc/JGtv9GYY/US852-Philadelphia5.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/JGtv9GYY)

This is just a repost of an old thread from another forum:
http://www.philadelphiaspeaks.com/threads/my-citrandarin-tree.7372/#post-121801 (http://www.philadelphiaspeaks.com/threads/my-citrandarin-tree.7372/#post-121801)

I don't know if there's any chance this tree could have been a Dimicelli.
The original post said his tree was a cross between a Mandarin and Citrange.
I have a Dimicelli seedling and from the research I've been able to dig up about it it supposedly came from a cross between Temple orange and poncirus, which was then crossed with a Clementine.
Title: Re: Citrange growing in Philadelphia
Post by: Citradia on February 01, 2019, 07:21:43 AM
I bet that wood pile gave off some heat in winter. I had a citrumelo planted next to a wood pile and it went through winters without protection and without defoliation when itís sister seedlings died or defoliated.