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Citrus reticulata 'Murcott' (Mandarin, Honey Tangerine)

Citrus reticulata 'Murcott' (Mandarin, Honey Tangerine)


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The 'Murcott' arose out of citrus pioneer Walter Tennyson Swingle's attempts to produce novel citrus hybrids. Its seed parent has been identified as the King Tangelo; the pollen parent remains to be identified. Around 1913, he gave a hybrid tree he had produced at a US Department of Agriculture planting to R. D. Hoyt at Safety Harbor, Florida. Hoyt in turn gave budwood to his nephew, Charles Murcott Smith, for whom the variety would be named. Smith was growing the resulting trees in 1922 at his nursery in Bayview, Pinellas County, Florida, now a neighborhood in Clearwater. The trees grow upright, but often have branches bent or broken by heavy fruiting at the ends.

The 'Murcott' is one parent of the Clementine-like hybrid variously called the 'Afourer', 'Nadorcott' or 'W. Murcott' cultivar, the other parent being unknown. 'Murcott' is a dense, heavy, late season mandarin with intense sweetness and flavour - very satisfying. The flesh is richly orange. The peel is smooth and thin with a reddish orange colour which is a little more difficult to remove than with many easy-peelers, though no real problem.

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