Native Seedling Sale

The district's annual seedling sale makes low-cost bare-root native shrub and tree seedlings available to Northern Virginia residents. Seedling packages are announced in January, go on sale in February and are available for pickup in late April or 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!


Back By Popular Demand

Seedling sale participants often come back and tell us about favorite seedlings from past years. The 2016 seedling sale features shrubs and trees that have been some of the most popular and most requested year after year. Enjoy!

The 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 20, or until supplies run out. You will receive a confirmation receipt with a map to the pickup site at the Packard Center in Annandale. Orders may be picked up on Friday, April 29, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 30, 9:00 a.m.-noon.

Order Online Starting February 1

Help us streamline our operations by paying online with a credit card, debit card or e-check. Orders for 2016 seedling packages open February 1. Please follow this link to our online seedling sale store. View online seedling sale store:

Tree Package (6 Seedlings for $11.95)

2 Redbud (Cercis canadensis)


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

Hardiness Zone 4-9.

2 American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)


Also Ironwood or Musclewood. Sinewy bark, attracts birds and butterflies. Best in moist soil, but is tolerant of dry sites. Slow-growing, shade-tolerant, 13 to 40 feet. 

Hardiness Zone 4-9.

Photo Credit: Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, Maryland

2 Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)


Fragrant white spring flowers. Slow growing, typically 20-40 feet, up to 75 ft. Distinctive bark and fall color. Edible orange fruits on female plants in fall. Sun to partial shade.

Hardiness Zone 3-9.

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

2 Red chokeberry (Photinia pyrifolia)

Red chokeberry

Delicate white blossoms in spring, brilliant red fall foliage and rich scarlet berry clusters in winter. Will sucker and spread, grows to 10 feet. Prefers sun to part shade. 

Hardiness Zone 4-9.

2 Northern Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)

Northern Bayberry

Semievergreen leaves aromatic when crushed. Waxy-gray berries in fall and winter. Grows in poor, sandy soil, salt tolerant. Sunny or part-sun. Grows to 5-12 feet. 

Hardiness Zone 3-7.

Photo Credit: The Dow Gardens Archive, Dow Gardens,

2 Indigobush (Amorpha fruticosa)


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 Hazelnut (Corylus americana)


Height to 30 feet. Multistemmed shrub valued for its distinctive catkins, copper-red to yellow fall color, edible nuts and naturalistic form. Ideal for dry sites with poor soil. Prefers partial shade. 10-15 feet.

Hardiness Zone 4-9.

2 Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)

Flowering Dogwood

Beautiful native ornamental, state tree of Virginia. 20-40 feet especially in rich, moist soil. Understory tree, does well in partial sun.

Hardiness Zone 5-8.

Photo Credit: William M. Ciesla, Forest Health Management International,

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 2015 Seedling Sale for last year's plant names, descriptions, and ribbon color.

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