Where to get cultivars of
pomegranate (Punica granatum L.)?

Author : François Drouet

 

 

Article updated for : 2017 - first publication : 2015
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French version of the article
 

More and more people know that pomegranate is like the apple for the varieties diversity and would be happy to enjoy it.

Often, correspondents or visitors of the Web site ask me "Where to get cultivars of Pomegranate ?".

I am not able to exhaustively answer this question, of course. But I list hereafter the nurseries and other sources for plants and cuttings of Punica granatum that I know, in France, in the other European countries and in the USA (for the latter, only the nurseries exporting to Europe).

I have not indicated the wholesale nurseries. Nevertheless, in a few countries (in particular Italy and Spain), some of the wholesale nurseries provide the commercial orchards with very interesting pomegranate cultivars that cannot be found on the retail market.

 

FRANCE

 

NURSERIES

The offer of rare Punica granatum L. cultivars is rather important in France. To concretely show it, I indicate for each of the nurseries all the cultivars it offers, updating the list of cultivars at the beginning of each year. Unless specified, all of the listed nurseries ship to Europe, even if, for some of them, that is not explicitly stated on their Web site.

 

Pépinières Baud : see the Pomegranate catalog and the page indicating the availabilities because the rare varieties do not appear in the catalog.
Fruit cultivars : Acco, Agat, Ariana, Asmar, Desertnyi, Fleshman, Gabès, Gissarskii Rozovyi, Kabylie, Kazake, Fina Tendral, Jativa, Malissi, Molla Nepes, Mollar de Elche, Myatadzhy, Parfianka, Provence, Ras El Barrel, Red Acco, Salavatski, Seedless, Shami, Sogdiana, Sverkhranniy, Vishnevyi, Vkusnyi, Sirenevyi, Sweet, Wonderful. Ornamental cultivars : Fruits Noirs, Maxima Rubra, Luteum, Legrelliae, Toryu Shibori, Nana, Nana Gracillis.
Possible multiplication of cultivars not appearing on the Web site. Very large collection (list on request).

Pépinières Quissac, cultivars : Agat, Asmar, Desertnyi, Fina Tendral, Fleshman, Gabès, Gissarskii Rozovyi, Hermione, Kabylie, Kandahari, Kazake, Malte, Meknès, Mollar de Elche, Myatadzhy, Noir de Kandahar, Parfianka, Provence, Red Acco, Salavatski, Seedless, Sogdiana, Sverkhranniy, Sweet, Wonderful.

Pépinière du Bosc, cultivars : Acco, ER, Fina Tendral, Fleshman, Fruits Noirs, Gabès, Hermione, Hicaz, Kandahari, Meknès, Mollar de Elche, Parfianca, Provence Douce, Wonderful, Wonderful WG.

La Pépinière du Gourmand, cultivars : Eversweet, Favorite, Fina Tendral, Fleshman, Gorda de Jativa, Kabylie, Kandahar Early, Mollar de Elche, Utah Sweet, Wonderful.

Frédéric Cochet, cultivars : Afghanistan, Fina Tendral, Fleshman, Gabès, Grèce Harmonie, Magnès, Mollar de Elche, Turc, Wonderful.

Pépinière Permafruit, cultivars : Kabylie, Mollar de Elche, Provence Douce, Seedless, Wonderful.

Pépinière Filippi, fruit cultivars : Fina Tendral, Hicaz Nar, Mollar de Elche, Provence. Ornamental cultivars : Fruits Violets, Legrelliae, Luteum Plenum, Maxima Rubra, Nana Gracillissima.

Pépinières Gauthier, cultivars : Gafsa, Provence.

Pépinière Seb Tan & L'idée verte (No shipping outside France), cultivars : Fina Tendral, Fleshman, Mollar de Elche, Provence, Sweet, Wonderful.

Pépinières Nogier (e-mail because no Web site ; 30130 Saint-Paulet-de-Caisson ; phone number : 00 33 (0) 4 66 39 17 78 ; sale on site only), cultivars : Hermione, Kandahari, Meknès, Mollar de Elche, Seedless, Wonderful.

Jardinerie Riera (13770 ; sale on site only), fruit cultivars : Fina Tendral, Gabès, Kabylie, Mollar de Elche, Provence, Seedless. Ornamental cultivars : Maxima Rubra, Legrelliae, Nana, Nana Gracillis.

 

OTHER SOURCES

Scionwoods Exchange Facility : to get cuttings and multiply by yourself rare cultivars, you may consult the pomegranate varieties offered in the Scionwoods Exchange Facility. See my article for the presentation of this outstanding feature existing on the Net.

CCVS : the French non-profit organization for the conservation of vegetal collections (CCVS : Conservatoire des Collections Végétales Spécialisées) does not present a collection of Punica granatum L. cultivars on the date of the last annual update of my article. But it is a very interesting potential source. I recommend to consult every year the collections directory located on the Web site of the organization, in order to determine if an update has been made for Punica granatum L. In general, the owners of collections registered with the CCVS (individuals, professionals, institutions...) willingly exchange or sell cuttings, scionwoods or plants.

 

OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

 

NURSERIES

I indicate for each of the nurseries all the cultivars it offers, updating the list of cultivars at the beginning of each year. Unless specified, all the listed nurseries ship to Europe, even if, for some of them, that is not explicitly stated on their Web site.

 

Germany

Hortensis, cultivars : Anar Torsh, Armenia, Belbek, Bulgaria 1, Bulgaria 2, Dente di Cavallo, Entek Habi Saveh, Kandhar Kabli, Kazake, K5, Langen, Lyubimi, Mollar de Elche, Oer, Provence, Rosso Gigante, Russian (syn. Salavatsky), Russian 26, Schwarzwald (Black Forest), Tirol, Uzbek, Wien.

Palma Palmetto, cultivars : Dente di Cavallo, Entekhabi Saveh, Kazake, Mollar de Elche, Nana, Nana Zwerg, Nigra (Nero), Persien, Provence, Rosso Gigante, Sotchi Russia, Surh-Anor, Turkey Giant, var. 1 (Russia v. Afghanistanica), Wonderful.

PflanzenSpezl, cultivar Dente Di Cavallo.

 

Bulgaria / Greece / United-Kingdom

Palm Center in Bulgaria, cultivars : Dente di Cavallo, Nana, Rosso Gigante, var 1 (origin Lozenets) , var 2 (origin Lozenets), Wonderful.

ExoticPlantsBG in Bulgaria, cultivars : Angel Red, Mollar-Rojo, Parfianka, Sharp Velvet (syn. 'Purple Heart'), Wonderful.

Koumtsidis Nursery in Greece, cultivars : Acco, Andromachi, Hermione, Hicaz, Ligapon, Mollar de Elche, Wonderful.

ART (Agroforestry Research Trust) in the United-Kingdom, cultivar Wonderful.

 

Italy

Vivaio Tara, cultivars : Antony Red,  AOC, Dolce Di Sicilia, Exo (nero), Gigante Del Convento, Hershkovitz, Mary Red, Mollar De Elche, Nano, Nero, Oiucaz, Peony Magic, Rabat, Wonderful, Wonderful One.

Vivaio Enzo Maioli, cultivars : 116/117, Acco, Dente di Cavallo, Gigante Granada, Hicaz, Hilo Bianco, Mollar de Elche, Nano, Nero, Parfianka, Rabat, Red Horse, Rossa Gigante, Tendral, Wonderful.

Vivaio Gabbianelli, cultivars : 116/117, Acco 128, Dente di Cavallo, Desertnyi, Hicaz, Mollar de Elche, Nero, Parfianka, Rosso Roscioli, Wonderful.

Vivai Spallacci, cultivars : 116/117, Acco 128, Antony Red, Crisanzio, Dente di Cavallo, Dolce Siciliana, Mary Red, Mollar de Elche, Parfianka, Rosso Roscioli, Wonderful.

Euro Plants Vivai, cultivars : 116/117, Acco 128, Dente di Cavallo, Mollar, Nero, Parfianka, Wonderful.

Fratelli Ingegnoli, cultivars : 116/117, Dente di Cavallo, Mollar, Parfianka, Wonderful.

Vivaio Belfiore (no shipping outside Italy), cultivars : Dente di Cavallo, Di Alessandria, Dolce Alappia, Marrakech, Mollar, Nero, Wonderful.

Vivaio Omezzolli (no shipping outside Italy), cultivars : Gioconda, Granada, Nero.

 

OTHER SOURCES

NCCPG : the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG), in the United-Kingdom, does not present a collection of Punica granatum L. cultivars on the date of the last annual update of my article. But it is a very interesting potential source. I recommend to consult every year the collections data base located on the Web site of the organization, in order to determine if an update has been made for Punica granatum L. In general, the owners of collections registered with the NCCPG (individuals, professionals, institutions...) willingly exchange or sell cuttings, scionwoods or plants.

GENRES 29 : the GENRES 29 project, coordinated by the Firenze university involves 11 institutional partners (6 in Italy, 2 in Spain, 2 in Greece, 1 in France) which collect, preserve, evaluate and distribute the genetic resources of wild and cultivated fruit plants, principally in the Mediterranean area.

Among these institutions, 4 owns repositories of Punica granatum cultivars (accessions list). The major part of the accessions are designated by a numeric identifier and you must refer to descriptive notices (with descriptor codes) for the cultivars.

The contact with the repositories teams of the GENRES 29 project largely depends on how you introduce yourself. If you expose a context of general interest for your request (scientific observations, hybridization purpose, educational work, biodiversity promotion in the offer of a nursery...), and if you possibly propose an exchange, you generally will succeed in receiving some cuttings (for a reasonable number of cultivars). If you have an important and credible project, it would also be possible to ask for going in the repository collections and get by yourself cuttings of a great number of cultivars.

 

USA

 

NURSERIES

Edible Landscaping : as far as I know, it is the only American nursery offering rare pomegranate cultivars which accepts to ship to Europe for retail orders. Cultivars : Favorite™, Salavatski, Kazake, Parfankia, Desertnyi, Eve, Austin, Red Silk.

Numerous other American nurseries offer Punica granatum L. cultivars, but they do not ship to Europe. This is particularly regrettable because their offer is generally important, and in some cases outstanding. For example, the following three ones (you may try to exchange cultivars with them if you own cultivars not present in their collection list).

Rolling River Nursery, in California (50 Punica granatum L. cultivars).

Pomnatural - the Web site is presently suspended - farm-nursery in Florida (67 Punica granatum L. cultivars). For all of the cultivars, several photographs.

Green Sea Farms, nursery in Florida (78 Punica granatum L. cultivars).

 

OTHER SOURCE

NCGR : the National Clonal Germplasm Repository (NCGR) of Davis, California, is part of the USDA/ARS. It owns a collection of 281 Punica granatum L. cultivars. For the accessions list, enter the word Punica in the search engine of the NPGS data base.

For requesting (free) sending of cuttings, you must follow the procedure explained on the Web site. Moreover, you must comply with the NCGR directives about administrative procedures for importing plant material.

Attention, this institution does not send cuttings to simple gardeners, particularly if the requested cultivars are sold by nurseries in your country. It is better if you expose a context of general interest when requesting the cuttings (scientific observations, hybridization purpose, educational work, biodiversity promotion in the offer of a nursery...). 

 

I have compiled the list of the pomegranate cultivars sources according to my researches for establishing my own collection. Of course, this list is not exhaustive. Do not hesitate to let me know any additional source for cuttings or plants and I will update the list above (contact).

 

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