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A plesant surprise from a trifoliate hybrid!

 
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Stan McKenzie
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Posted: Mon 16 Jan, 2012 9:43 pm

A few years ago, I obtained some budwood from a friend . One of them was a satsuma/flying dragon cross. I grafted one of the budsticks onto a flying dragon rootstock and kept the potted plant in my greenhouse for the last few winters. I noticed today that this gnarly looking tree had one fruit about the size of a golf ball. I decided to try the fruit expecting the ususal bitter trifoliate aftertaste that is present with just about every tri hybrid Ive ever tasted. The flesh was bright orange and not a seed to be found anywhere and best of all.. the taste was great! No bitterness, just a sweet, melting flesh that really surprised me! The tree has somewhat of a twisting, flying dragon apperance and about half the leaves are trifoliate type with the other half being like a regular citrus. After tasting this newbie, I took budwood and grafted a half dozen right then and there! I think this will make a great citrus for folks in zones 7 possibly even warmer areas of zone 6. Will keep you posted as I plan to plant this tree in the citrus grove come spring.

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Sylvain
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Posted: Tue 17 Jan, 2012 5:14 am

Is'n t it the "Prague" hybrid?
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Junglekeeper
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Posted: Tue 17 Jan, 2012 5:20 am

So there's hope yet for those of us in zone 8.

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Radoslav
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Posted: Tue 17 Jan, 2012 9:14 am

Description fits to satsuma x trifoliata which Bernhard Voss obtain in Prague University, years ago. Picture of ripe fruit from one of Berhards older posts (left corner).

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Stan McKenzie
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Posted: Tue 17 Jan, 2012 10:48 am

It very well could be the prague hybrid. The picture of the fruit in the lower left corner appears to be very similar. Sorry, I cant get any pictures since I ate the only fruit that was on my small tree! Sad Hopefully, my small grafts will take and I can trial some of these outdoors in a zone 8 winter. From the looks of the tree, I think they will be perfectly hardy!

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Radoslav
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Posted: Tue 17 Jan, 2012 11:35 am

Mentioned plant, we discussed in this topic link - there are pictures of this plant, which ressembling flying dragon.
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frank_zone5.5
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Posted: Sun 26 Feb, 2012 9:52 pm

great news
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Tim MA z6
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Posted: Mon 09 Apr, 2012 11:52 pm

this sounds great Stan! Smile
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