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Transferring Plants to Ireland

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine receives a number of enquiries about the transfer of plants, on the removal of residences, to Ireland.

The position is that if the plants are of the following genera,they are required to be accompanied by a label/document called a "Plant Passport " in order to denote that they are valid to enter Ireland. Plants which require plant passports valid for Ireland are:

Fireblight (Erwiniaamylovora) host material as follows (Latin name or Common name)

  • Amelanchier or Serviceberry
  • Chanomeles or Lindl Quince
  • Cydonia mill or Quince
  • Cotoneaster
  • Crataegus L. or Whitethorn, Hawthorn
  • Eriobotrya or Loquat
  • Malus Mill or Apple/Crap Apple including ornamental
  • Mespilus or Medlar
  • Pyracantha or Firethorn
  • Pyrus or Pear including ornamental
  • Sorbus L. or Rowan, Mountain Ash, Whitebeam etc.
  • Photinia or davidiana Photinia

(2) Plants of Populus L. (Poplars)

(3) Plants of Conifers as follows

  • Abies or Fir
  • Larix or Larch
  • Pinus or Pine
  • Picea or Spruce
  • Pseudotsuga or Douglas Fir

(4) Plants of Prunus (plums, cherries, almonds,apricots, laurel, blackthorn, damson etc.)

(5) Plants of Rhododendron species (other than Rhododendron simsii), Viburnum species and Camellia species.

(6) Plants of Fortunella, Poncirus and Citrus pp. and their hybrids,

(7) Plants of Humuluslupulus (Golden Hop) and Vitisspp. (Vine)

Plants of fireblight host, Populus spp and of the conifers, listed at (1) to (3) above, must be accompanied by plant passports valid for the protected zone of Ireland.

The other plants, listed at (4) to (7), must be accompanied by plant passports valid formovement of such material within the European Union.

Plants other than the above, do not require plant health documentation when being moved for personal use within the European Union.