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Rio Red Grapefruit

Rio Red grapefruit came out of the breeding program of R. A. Hensz in Texas. It originated as a bud sport of a tree produced from irradiated budwood of a Ruby grapefruit seedling.  The tree grows vigorously to a large size. Plantings of Rio Red grapefruit have performed quite well in the Coachella Valley desert region, where it receives the high heat necessary to produce high-quality fruit. The fruit is large, with a slightly pebbled surface.  The rind frequently has a pink blush, especially where two fruits grow against each other.  The flesh is juicy and well-pigmented, with the darkest color next to the segment membranes.  Rio Red is mid to late-season in maturity. Rio Star grapefruit are the super-red or deep-red fleshed grapefruit of Star Ruby and Rio Red varieties, which comprise about 75 percent of Texas grapefruit acreage. Very few, if any, Star Ruby orchards exist, however, so virtually all of the Rio Star grapefruit is Rio Red.

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Rio Red was released by Texas A&I University in 1984 as a natural mutation on a tree produced from irradiated bud wood which came from Ruby Red seedlings. Tested by Texas A&I University as A&I-1-48S, it produces fruit with a rind color similar to Henderson and Ray and flesh color almost as red as Star Ruby. Other fruit and tree characteristics are similar to Ruby Red except that its deep red flesh color persists throughout the season and it has a strong tendency to sheep nosing. It is a heavy bearer, with a slight tendency to alternation, i.e., exceptionally large crops are often followed by what would normally be considered an average crop.
Plant Type Description Code Price Buy
#5 Dwarf bush Ideal house plant and greenhouse window citrus tree. A very attractive slow growing little citrus plant, full and bushy from the base of the planter. The fruit will be the same size as a full grown citrus tree, and flavor just as delicious. These plants are grown on Flying Dragon rootstock to insure that they will remain only about 3 feet tall with pruning. Ctr5DbRio $29.99
#5 Dwarf mini tree Ideal house plant and greenhouse window citrus tree. A very attractive slow growing little citrus tree. The fruit will be the same size as a full grown citrus tree, and flavor just as delicious. These plants are grown on Flying Dragon rootstock to insure that they will remain only about 3 feet tall with pruning. Ctr5DmtRio $34.00
#5 Semi Dwarf A #5 Semi dwarf is a good size for planting citrus in small landscape areas and large planters. This semi dwarf size citrus tree can grow moderately and will reach 8 feet tall and wide in about 4 years. They can be pruned to stay smaller, much smaller to 4 x 4 feet. Citrus respond well to pruning and a regular good trim will improve the amount of fruit produced on the tree. Properly planted in the ground dwarf citrus will mature to 6 x 6 feet in about 2 to 3 years depending on care. Ctr5SmDRio $34.00
#5 Standard bush The #5 Standard citrus tree is an ideal size for planting citrus in small landscapes and large planters. This standard size citrus tree can grow very quickly and will reach 15 feet tall and wide in a few years. They can be pruned to stay smaller, much smaller to 10 x 10 feet. Citrus respond well to pruning and a regular good trim will improve the amount of fruit produced on the tree. Properly planted in the ground boxed "standards" will mature to 15 x 15 feet in about 8 to 10 years depending on care. Ctr5StBsRio $29.99
# 5 Standard tree A #5 bush good starter good plant size for planting citrus in wine barrels and other larger planters. The standard size citrus trees can grow very quickly and will reach 8 feet tall and wide in a few years. They can be pruned to stay smaller, much smaller to 4 x 4 feet. Citrus respond well to pruning and a regular good trim will improve the amount of fruit produced on the tree. Planted in the ground "standards" will mature to 15 x 15 in about 8 years. Ctr5StrRio $29.99
#5 Premium Patio Standard 36" Trunk, Ultra perfectly straight and shape trees, ideal container planting specimen plants. Will require regular trimming to maintain shape. Ctr5PreRio $49.99 Sold Out
#7 Dwarf Bush #7 Dwarf citrus are stunning bushes, great size for planting citrus indoor planters. This dwarf size citrus tree can grow moderately and will reach 4 feet tall and wide in about 3 years. They can be pruned to stay smaller, much smaller to 2 1/2 x  2 1/2  feet. Citrus respond well to pruning and a regular good trim will improve the amount of fruit produced on the tree. Properly planted in the ground dwarf citrus will mature to 4 x 4 feet in about 3 to 4 years depending on care. Grown on Flying Dragon root stock for a long container gardening life. Ctr7DbRio $49.99
# 7 Standard Tree The #7 Standard citrus tree is an ideal size for planting citrus in small landscapes and large planters. This standard size citrus tree can grow very quickly and will reach 15 feet tall and wide in a few years. They can be pruned to stay smaller, much smaller to 10 x 10 feet. Citrus respond well to pruning and a regular good trim will improve the amount of fruit produced on the tree. Properly planted in the ground boxed "standards" will mature to 15 x 15 feet in about 3 to 4 years depending on care. Ctr7StrRio $49.99
#15 Dwarf Bush A #15 bush is a good size for planting citrus in landscapes and large planters. This dwarf size citrus tree can grow moderately and will reach 8 feet tall and wide in about 6 years. They can be pruned to stay smaller, much smaller to 4 x 4 feet. Citrus respond well to pruning and a regular good trim will improve the amount of fruit produced on the tree. Properly planted in the ground dwarf citrus will mature to 4 x 4 feet in about 3 to 4 years depending on care. Ctr15DbRio $98.00
#15 Semi Dwarf Tree A #15 Semi dwarf is a good size for planting citrus in landscapes and large planters. This semi dwarf size citrus tree can grow moderately and will reach 8 feet tall and wide in about 4 years. They can be pruned to stay smaller, much smaller to 4 x 4 feet. Citrus respond well to pruning and a regular good trim will improve the amount of fruit produced on the tree. Properly planted in the ground dwarf citrus will mature to 8 x 8 feet in about 2 to 3 years depending on care. Ctr15SmDtRio $98.00
# 15 Standard Tree The #15 Standard citrus tree is an ideal size for planting citrus in landscapes and large planters. This standard size citrus tree can grow very quickly and will reach 15 feet tall and wide in a few years. They can be pruned to stay smaller, much smaller to 10 x 10 feet. Citrus respond well to pruning and a regular good trim will improve the amount of fruit produced on the tree. Properly planted in the ground boxed "standards" will mature to 15 x 15 feet in about 3 to 4 years depending on care. Ctr15StrRio $98.00
24" Semi Dwarf Bush A 24" boxed bush is an ideal size for planting citrus in landscapes and large planters. This dwarf size citrus tree can grow moderately and will reach 8 feet tall and wide in a few years. They can be pruned to stay smaller, much smaller to 4 x 4 feet. Citrus respond well to pruning and a regular good trim will improve the amount of fruit produced on the tree. Properly planted in the ground boxed "standards" will mature to 8 x 8 feet in about 3 to 4 years depending on care. Ctr24SmDbRio $325.00
24" Standard Tree A 24" boxed bush is an ideal size for planting citrus in landscapes and large planters. This standard size citrus tree can grow very quickly and will reach 15 feet tall and wide in a few years. They can be pruned to stay smaller, much smaller to 10 x 10 feet. Citrus respond well to pruning and a regular good trim will improve the amount of fruit produced on the tree. Properly planted in the ground boxed "standards" will mature to 15 x 15 feet in about 3 to 4 years depending on care. Ctr24StrRio $325.00 .