[NAFEX] Bearberry (Cascara sagrada)

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar parmarch at vsnl.com
Tue Apr 1 21:15:52 EST 2003

Jujube, called BER in Hindi, is a fairly important commercial fruit crop in
warm and dry parts of the North West India ( states of Punjab, Haryana and
Rajasthan).  It is grown in this area since long and now its cultivation is
is increasing every year.

Here the plants are propagated by ring budding on the seedlings of wild BER
which is very closely related to commercial BER, at the most may be another
species of the genus Zizyphus as there has always been a controversy in the
botanical classification of Zizyphus among taxonomists.

I do not think that one needs to go that as  Cascara for finding a rootstock
for jujube.

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar
Horticultural Consultant on Lesser Known Indian Fruits

----- Original Message -----
From: Dr. Ethan Natelson <natelson at pipeline.com>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 7:18 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Bearberry (Cascara sagrada)

> Dear Group,
>      I was looking through "Pomona in Review, The First Year", and came
> across an article by one of the founders of NAFEX, Milo Gibson.  He
> concerning a grafting technique, "The only luck the writer has had putting
> variety jujube on seedling jujube or on Cascara sagrada, a cousin of the
> jujube, has been with this graft".  According to a reference source I
> Cascara sagrada (also called bearberry, which is a name also applied to
> certain Haws) is a type of Buckthorn (Rhamnus purshiana syn. Frangula
> purshiana).  Does anyone know if, indeed, jujube is compatible with it as
> rootstock and, if so, any nursery that carries this plant?  The laxative
> cascara, apparently comes from its seeds.
> Ethan Natelson
> Houston, Texas
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