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Nova, a sibling of the Lee, Osceola, and Robinson mandarins, is a hybrid of Clementine mandarin and Orlando tangelo. The tree grows vigorously and can be thorny. The medium-sized fruit is usually subglobose and has a slightly pebbled thin reddish-orange rind that is easily peeled. The flesh is dark orange, fine-textured, and juicy with a sweet, rich flavor. In mixed plantings, Nova fruits are moderately seedy, but in isolation the fruits are seedless but less plentiful. Nova matures in early winter and holds well on the tree.
Nova originated in Florida in 1942 from a cross between Fina and Orlando Tangelo. FC Gardner and J Bellows were the plant breeders and the variety was officially released in 1964.Clemenvilla is a high quality, seedless hybrid mandarin. The thin peel comes away reasonably easily to reveal tight, firm segments that burst with flavor. The segments are significantly more solid than the soft nature of a true clementine. The eating quality is more satisfying as flavor is enhanced by high levels of sweetness with a good acid balance. Visually, the fruit is very attractive having a smooth, fine, often blemish-free surface of appealing reddish-orange colouration. Clemenvilla is an early variety in Florida, maturing in November, but a slightly late variety in Spain, maturing in mid-November.Names: Clemenvilla (Spain); Nova (South Africa, Morocco, USA); Suntina (Israel).Grown in: Florida, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Israel, South Africa, Uruguay.