What is the scientific name for a grapefruit tree?


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The scientific name for a grapefruit tree is Citrus X paradisi. The name was altered in 1948 from Citrus paradisi when the grapefruit was found to be an accidental hybrid between a pummelo and an orange. Varieties include Duncan, Marsh, Flame, Red Blush, Texas Star Ruby, Melogold and Oroblanco.

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Young grapefruit trees range from 15 to 20 feet in height. Older trees can grow as tall as 45 feet, with their circumference reaching as much as 8 feet. The pulp of the grapefruit is divided into 11 to 14 segments and can be pale yellow, white, pink or deep red.

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