Native Seedling Sale

The district's annual seedling sale makes low-cost native shrub and tree seedlings available to Northern Virginia residents. Seedling packages go on sale each year in January and are available for pickup in early May. Trees and shrubs help cleanse water, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat, cool our climate and clean our air. Consider adding native trees and shrubs to your community today!


Naturally Beautiful - Plant NoVA Natives

This year's seedling sale features shrubs and trees from the Plant NOVA Natives guide and campaign, a regional effort to promote native plants. For more information and to download a copy of the guide, see These trees and shrubs help provide valuable habitat and add beauty to your landscape. Enjoy!

The 2015 Shrub and Small Tree Package features 10 seedlings for $16.95. The Tree Package includes 6 seedlings sold for $11.95. A full, nonrefundable payment must accompany your order by Wednesday, April 22, or until supplies run out. You will receive a confirmation receipt and a map to the pickup site (in central Fairfax County). Orders may be picked up on Friday, May 1, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., or Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m.-noon.

Order Now!

New in 2015! Help us streamline our operations by paying online with a credit card, debit card or e-check. Please follow this link to our online seedling sale store. Place Your 2015 Seedling Sale Order Online:

Tree Package (6 Seedlings for $11.95)

2 River birch (Betula nigra) - Black Ribbon

River birch

Mature size of 70-80 feet. Attractive native ornamental tree tolerates a wide range of conditions, flourishes in rich soils. Only birch native to the Coastal Plain in the southeastern United States. Full to partial sun.

Hardiness Zone 4-9.

2 Shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata) - Pink Ribbon

Shortleaf pine

Reaches a mature size of 50 to 60 feet in height. This conifer has attractive reddish-brown bark in scaly plates on mature trees and provides habitat and food for a variety of birds. It prefers sandy loams but is also easily grown in a wide range of average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun and tolerates some light shade. Deep taproot; one of the few pines that can sprout from the root collar if the stem is damaged.

Hardiness Zone

Photo credit: Franklin Bonner, USFS (ret.),

2 Willow oak (Quercus phellos) - Green Ribbon

Willow oak

Reaches a mature size of 50 to 80 feet. Excellent wildlife food source and landscape tree. Full to partial sun. Thrives in a range of conditions, from lowlands, river and swamp border to rich, sandy uplands.

Hardiness Zone 5-9.

Shrub and Small Tree Package (10 Seedlings for $16.95)

2 Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) - Orange Ribbon


Inconspicuous green to white flowers especially valued by honey bees and nectar insects. Scarlet red to orange berries often remain into midwinter. Grows 6-12 feet in full sun to shade.

Hardiness Zone 3-9.

2 Silky dogwood (Cornus amomum) - Blue Ribbon

Silky dogwood

This shrub's bright blue berries have high wildlife value. Prefers well-drained, moist soil and sunny or part-sun conditions. Good for streambanks. Fast-growing, 6-10 feet tall.

Hardiness Zone 3-7.

2 Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) - Red Ribbon


Large, multi-stemmed; grows to 20 feet. Distinctive heart-shaped leaves. Clusters of pink, pea-like blooms appear in early spring. Sun to part shade.

Hardiness Zone

2 American Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) - Yellow Ribbon


Height to 30 feet. Very attractive small tree with fragrant bright yellow, ribbon-like flowers in fall and winter. Sun to shade and dry or moist soils. The witchhazel extract is distilled from the bark of young stems and roots.

2 Arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) - White Ribbon

Arrowwood viburnum

Five to eight foot shrub grows vigorously in sun to partial shade. Flat clusters of creamy white flowers in June. Bluish-black berries against glossy red foliage in fall. Birds love the fruits and seeds. Excellent as a hedge.

Hardiness Zone 3-8.

Photo credit: James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society,

Hardiness Zone

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map shows 10 different zones, each of which represents an area of winter hardiness for plants. Fairfax County falls into zones 6b-7a. All of our seedlings are suited for planting in the greater Washington, DC area.

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Looking for last year's plants?

See 2014 Seedling Sale for last year's plant names, descriptions, and ribbon color.

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