|(a) Scion Tree Requirements. Scion trees shall meet
all of the following requirements.
(1) Budwood for propagating scion trees shall be obtained
from a foundation tree.
(2) Scion trees shall be propagated and grown in a
certified citrus nursery as specified in Subchapter D of this chapter
(relating to Citrus Nursery Stock Certification Program).
(3) Scion trees shall be budded on nursery rootstock
which has not been budded previously. If re-budding is necessary,
buds from the same source as the original shall be used.
(4) Scion trees shall be vigorous, productive, and
horticulturally true-to-type and shall have borne fruit.
(b) Scion Tree Structures. Scion trees must be held
exclusively in an approved pest exclusionary structure designated
for scion trees.
(1) At no time shall any uncertified citrus nursery
stock be inside the approved pest exclusionary structure.
(2) Scion trees may be grown in containers or planted
in the ground.
(3) Scion trees of different varieties and selections
shall be kept distinctly apart and clearly identified to avoid the
mixing of scion trees originating from different source trees.
(c) Labeling of Scion Trees.
(1) Each lot of scion trees produced from the same
lot of budwood from a specific foundation block tree shall be labeled
for traceability with a unique identification number. The permanent
label or tag shall include the variety, source tree identification
number, and the month and year of budding.
(2) Each lot of scion trees must be of the same cultivar,
originating from the same foundation block source tree(s) and budded
in the same month and year.
(3) A scion tree identification map shall be maintained
on-site. The map shall be made available during an inspection or upon
request by the Department. The map must include the location of each
group of scion trees by selection in the approved pest exclusionary
structure, the name of the selection, the number of trees in each
lot, source tree identification number, and the month and year of
(1) Scion trees shall be inspected and tested at a
minimum of once prior to 12 months post-budding and at an interval
not to exceed 12 months for citrus tristeza and citrus greening or
any other pest of regulatory concern. The Department shall collect
samples for testing according to the sampling plan, "Survey Protocol
in Exclusionary Facilities for the Interstate Movement of Citrus and
Other Rutaceous Plants for Planting from Areas Quarantined for Citrus
Greening, Asian Citrus Psyllid, and Citrus Canker," developed
by the CPHST Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory of the
Plant Protection and Quarantine branch of USDA-APHIS. The cost of
the laboratory analysis of the samples shall be borne by the owner
of the nursery. The Department will inspect trees for citrus canker
and other pests of regulatory concern during facility inspection.
(2) The scion block must be routinely inspected and
treated to prevent pests and diseases. The Department may issue a
seizure order if a pest or disease is found. If an Asian citrus psyllid
or other disease vector is found, the contents of the structure are
subject to a seizure order based on risk assessment. The Department
may consult with a panel of experts for additional mitigation measures
necessary to ensure the integrity of scion trees.
(e) Disposition of scion trees. Upon discontinuing
use of a scion tree, the scion tree must be removed from the scion
block and may be sold, planted, or destroyed.