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Citrus hybrid

Citrus hybrids are somatic hybrids within the genus citrus, thus, combining two different citrus varieties or species into one, in order to get intermediate traits or the most desirable traits of both parents. This is done by plant breeding which is also called cross pollination. The selection of the progeny of the new hybrid into a new variety is called hybrid speciation. Citrus hybrids are usually marked with the "X" after the word "citrus", for example citrus x aurantifolia.

Citrofortunella is a hybrid genus, containing intragenetic hybrids between members of the genus citrus and the closely related Fortunella. Such hybrid often combine the cold hardiness of the Fortunella, such as the Kumquat, with some edibility properties of the citrus species. Citrofortunellas, which are all hybrids, are marked with the "X" before the word "Citrofortunella",[1] for example X citrofortunella microcarpa or X citrofortunella mitis which refer to the same plant.[2]

List of Citrus hybrids

Major citrus hybrids

The most known citrus hybrids that are sometimes treated as a species for themselves, especially in folk taxonomy, are:

Minor citrus hybrids (partial list)

Citrofortunella hybrids

These plants are hardier and more compact than most citrus plants, often referred to as cold hardy citrus. They produce small acidic fruit and make good ornamental plants. Citrofortunella hybrids include:

See also


  1. ^ Easy bloom
  2. ^ Gardens World
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External links

  • GRIN database for Species of Citrus

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