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 pick-up in mid-April. 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!
Restore and Beautify Your Property
Many of us have lost trees or shrubs in windstorms, heavy rains and snows. This year's seedling sale was designed to help you restore beauty to your landscape. It offers a mix of sturdy trees that can withstand heavy storms, plants that provide screening and tolerate a range of conditions and some of our region's most beautiful native trees and shrubs. Enjoy!
2 River Birch (Betula nigra)
Mature size of 70-80 feet in height. Attractive 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. (Red ribbon)
Hardiness Zone 4-9.
2 Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)
Reaches a mature size of 50 to 80 feet in height. Excellent wildlife food source and landscape tree. Full to partial sun. Thrives in a range of conditions, from lowlands, river and swamp borders to rich, sandy uplands. (Green ribbon)
Hardiness Zone 5-9.
2 Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
Grows 50-70 feet. This unique deciduous conifer has bright yellow-green needles in spring and rich orange to pumpkin brown in autumn. Typically known as a wetland species, this tree flourishes in a wide range of soils, including wet areas and even dry ground. Full sun to partial sun conditions. (Orange ribbon)
Hardiness Zone 4-10.
Photo credits. Left: Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org. Right: Photo copyright Heather Chalmers.
2 White Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
Grows to 40 feet. Grows best in rich, moist soil, but also in average well-drained soil. This understory tree does well in partial sun conditions. Beautiful native ornamental, state tree of Virginia. (White ribbon)
Hardiness Zone 5-8.
Photo Credit: William M. Ciesla, Forest Health Management International, Bugwood.org
2 American Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
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. (Yellow ribbon)
Hardiness Zone 3-8.
2 Northern Bayberry (Morella or Myrica pensylvanica)
Grows to 5-12 feet. Also called candleberry. Semi-evergreen foliage. Aromatic leaves when crushed. Waxy-gray berries in fall and winter can be used to make candles. Grows in poor, sandy soil, salt tolerant, sunny or part-sun conditions. (Blue ribbon)
Hardiness Zone 3-7.
Photo Credit: The Dow Gardens Archive, Dow Gardens, Bugwood.org
2 Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
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. (Pink ribbon)
Hardiness Zone 3-8.
Photo credit: James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org
2 Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra)
Fast growing, multistemmed shrub grows 10-15 feet. Prefers sunny, dry locations; great for erosion control on slopes or as a screen. Scarlet foliage in fall. Red fruits persist into winter and feed resident songbirds. (Black ribbon)
Hardiness Zone 4-8.
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.
Looking for last year's plants?
See 2012 Seedling Sale for last year's plant names, descriptions, and ribbon color.