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!


Creating A Bee-Friendly Landscape

Thanks to everyone who made the 2014 Seedling Sale a success! See below for the Shrub and Small Tree Package and Tree Package ribbon colors. To be put on the list of people to be contacted for next year's seedling sale, please contact us.

Colony collapse disorder and habitat loss has taken its toll on bees, but native bees and other wild insect pollinators still contribute over $50 billion in ecological services in the United States, according to the Xerces Society. Learn more about bee colony collapse.These trees and shubs help provide habitat for bees and add beauty to your landscape. Enjoy!

Tree Package (6 Seedlings for $11.95)

2 American plum (Prunus americana) - Orange Ribbon

American plum

Native bees, bumble bees and honey bees alike are drawn to this small 30-35 foot tree. Bright red, one-inch plums can be eaten fresh or processed as preserves and jellies. Grows best on rich, moist bottomland soils.

Hardiness Zone 3-8.

Photo credit: Virginia Department of Forestry

2 Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) - Red Ribbon


Fragrant white flowers in spring are beneficial to honeybees. Slow growing, typically 20-40 feet, up to 75 feet in moist sites. Distinctive bark and fall color. Edible orange fruits on female plants ripen in the fall. Sun to partial shade.

Hardiness Zone 4-9.

2 Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) - Black Ribbon


Outstanding scarlet fall color! Slow-growing to 50 feet with a tall, narrow shape. Flourishes in part shade or sun and dry to wet sites. Used by many species of wildlife, especially honeybees.

Hardiness Zone 4-9.

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

2 Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) - Yellow 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 Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) - Blue Ribbon


Special value to native bees, honey bees, bumble bees, nectar butterflies and nectar insects. This 10-foot, rounded shrub has sweet, fuzzy white globes that bloom throughout the summer, yellow leaves in autumn and clusters of nutlets in winter. Sun or shade.

Hardiness Zone 3-7.

2 Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) - White Ribbon


Early-blooming, attractive white flowers provide a food source for native bees. Berry-like summer fruits attract songbirds. This fast growing plant prefers moist areas and sun to part shade conditions. 25 to 30 feet tall.

Hardiness Zone 3-8.

Photo credit: Chris Evans, River to River CWMA,

2 Indigobush (Amorpha fruticosa) - Pink Ribbon


Great for native bee, butterflies and other nectar insects. Fast grower reaching 8 to 15 feet in part shade or full sun with 1 to 3 inch long light brown to purple flowers.

Hardiness Zone 3-8.

Photo Credit: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut,

2 American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) - Green Ribbon


Native bees often use materials from elderberry for their shelter. Clusters of fragrant white flowers in early summer. Edible fruits prized by wildlife. 6-12 feet in height. Fast-growing, flourishes in shade or sun, tolerates dry or wet sites. Great rain garden plant!

Hardiness Zone 3-9.

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 2013 Seedling Sale for last year's plant names, descriptions, and ribbon color.

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