‘Florida EV1’

U.S. Patent PP29,791
Sweet Orange Cultivar

  • ‘Florida EV1’ trees usually bloom between early to late March in central Florida, depending on the season. ‘Florida EV1’ trees bear fruit that ripens from December through January in central Florida. ‘Florida EV1’ trees bear fruit that is typical of ‘Valencia’, although ‘Florida EV1’ fruit ripen 8-12 weeks earlier than standard ‘Valencia’ clones, based on the brix/acid ratio. Over the past two seasons, ‘Florida EV1’ has matured significantly earlier than the early-maturing ‘SF14W-62’ (U.S. Patent PP21,535). Juice data from the original tree did not show that ‘Florida EV1’ matures earlier than ‘SF14W-62’, however, fruit on propagated trees have exhibited earlier maturity over the past two seasons. ‘Florida EV1’ fruit appears to mature slightly earlier than fruit from the partner clone, ‘Florida EV2’.
  • ‘Florida EV1’ trees are less upright and of slightly lower vigor than Valquarius® ‘SF14W-62’ and standard ‘Valencia’. Second and third generation trees are less thorny than ‘SF14W-62’, and more similar to traditional ‘Valencia’ selections.
  • Juice quality of ‘Florida EV1’ is typical of ‘Valencia’ in sugar and acid content, color, and flavor. The fruit are juicy and difficult to peel. Fruit are slightly more seedy than standard ‘Valencia’, with 9-10 seeds per fruit (standard ‘Valencia’ has 4-5 seeds per fruit).
  • ‘Florida EV1’ appears to be at least as productive as standard ‘Valencia’ clones.

The following are the most outstanding and distinguishing characteristics of ‘Florida EV1’ when grown under normal horticultural practices in Florida.

  • Fruit ripen 8-12 weeks earlier than standard ‘Valencia’;
  • Fruit have excellent juice quality; and
  • Trees of ‘Florida EV1’ exhibit a less vigorous growth habit, which should facilitate use in Advanced Citrus Production Systems that feature high density plantings.

For the 2014-2015 juice season, fruit from 6-year-old trees on rough lemon rootstock produced juice with a brix/acid ratio of 16, whereas ‘Hamlin’ fruit from the same block produced juice with a brix/acid ratio of 12. Juice quality from fruit of ‘Florida EV1’ was much better than standard ‘Hamlin’ in December and January, and more similar to that of standard ‘Valencia’, the highest quality juice orange currently available, with harvest usually beginning in March. ‘Florida EV1’ therefore provides the processing industry with an opportunity to replace ‘Hamlin’, which is currently the standard early-maturing cultivar in the Florida juice industry. Replacing ‘Hamlin’ with new Valencia types that mature in the same window, such as ‘Florida EV1’, has the potential to significantly improve the flavor and color of not-from-concentrate orange juice. In the event of January or February freeze-mandated harvests, this would allow for grade A juice recovery without the economic loss encountered with standard ‘Valencia’ fruit that is not fully mature at the time of harvest.


License Availability: FFSP has non-exclusively licensed the following entities for the propagation of the ‘Florida EV1’ citrus cultivar:

Agri Masters Citrus Nursery, LLC
77 Henry Drive
Venus, FL 33960
(321) 377-5062

Agromillora Florida, Inc.
9038 CR 229
Wildwood, FL 34785
(352) 661-0139

Ben Hill Griffin, Inc.
700 Scenic Highway
Frostproof, FL 33843
(863) 635-2251

Brite Leaf Citrus Nursery, LLC
480 CR 416 S
Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538
(352) 793-6861

Citrific Holdings, Inc.
2400 Rosalie Lake Rd
Lake Wales, FL 33898
(863) 589-7456

CitriSun Nurseries, LLC
1615 SW Hwy 17
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 494-4022

Cutrale Farms, Inc.
602 McKean St.
Auburndale, FL 33823
(863) 965-5209

Dilley Citrus Nursery, Inc.
53600 Bermont Road
Punta Gorda, FL 33982
(863) 368-1997

Farkas Citrus Nursery II, LLC
5610 April Lane
Plant City, FL 33567
(813) 737-1807

Gose Growers, Inc.
P.O. Box 1419
Sebring, FL 33871
(883) 441-0101

Harris Partnership Citrus Nursery
10721 Highway 39 S
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 376-2846

Himrod Citrus Nursery
3688 Himrod Rd.
Bowling Green, FL 33834
(863) 375-2246

Holmberg Farms, Inc.
13430 Hobson Simmons Rd.
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 335-8800

K&C Farmer Citrus Nursery, Inc.
970 N 10th Street
Eagle Lake, FL 33839

Lykes Bros., Inc.
7 Lykes Rd.
Lake Placid, FL 33852
(863) 465-4127

McGill Citrus Nursery, Inc.
1413 N Highland Park Dr.
Lake Wales, FL 33898
(863) 676-1182

Orange-Co., a division of Alico, Inc.
12010 NE Highway 70
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 494-4939

Phillip Rucks Citrus Nursery, Inc
1697 Rucks Dairy Rd.
Frostproof, FL 33843
(863) 635-1948

Philmon Citrus Nursery, LLC
13542 Happy Hill Rd.
Dade City, FL 33525
(813) 783-4437

Rasnake Citrus Budding and Growing, Inc.
50 North Lake Idylwild Dr.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
(863) 294-8160

Reclamation Trees
2713 Hwy 98 E
Fort Meade, FL 33841
(863) 698-3606

Sawmill Citrus Nursery, LLC
P.O. Box 912
Ft. Meade, FL 33841
(863) 698-2971

Southern Citrus Nurseries, LLC
5600 Lake Trask Rd.
Dundee, FL 33838
(863) 439-3694

Southern Gardens Citrus Nursery, Inc.
3620 SE 37th Avenue
Trenton, FL 32693
(352) 472-9185

Southridge Citrus Nursery, Inc.
260 Karlson Rd.
Venus, FL 33960
(863) 465-5803

W.E. Green & Sons, Inc.
P.O. Box 1802
Dundee, FL 33838
(863) 439-4244

W.W. Citrus Nursery
314 2nd St NE
Fort Meade, FL 33841
(863) 559-7741