Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9AM-5PM M-F

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035

Laura Grape,
Executive Director

Seedling Ribbon Colors - Previous Years

The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District holds a Native Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale each spring. Typically there are two packages, one with trees that will grow to be larger canopy trees and the other with smaller trees and shrub species. The theme and exact species vary from year to year. Orders open online in February, and are picked up in late April. For this year's package and online ordering, please go to: Native Seedling Sale

To differentiate between the seedlings, which can lovingly be described as looking like "twigs", we wrap a ribbon or flagging tape around each species pair and provide a color code. We often get questions about previous years' ribbon colors as our devoted customers who order a package each year try to remember what they planted. You can see this year's seedling ribbon colors and tips and tricks for planting your seedling in the Fairfax County Tree Basics Booklet from NVSWCD and the Fairfax County Tree Commission.

2021 Super Shrubs and Tiny Trees Package

Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum) - Blue Ribbon

Common Buttonbush (Cephalanthus accidentalis)- Green Ribbon

American Hazel (Corylus americana) - Orange Ribbon

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) - Pink Ribbon

2021 Space Savers and Bountiful Berries Package

New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)- White Ribbon

Spicebush (Rhus aromatica)- Yellow Ribbon

Aromatic Sumac (Rhus aromatica) - Red Ribbon

Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) - Purple Ribbon

2019 Shrub and Small Tree Package

American Wild Plum (Prunus americana) - Red Ribbon

Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) - Orange Ribbon

American Elderberry(Sambucus canadensis) - Yellow Ribbon

Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) - Black Ribbon

American Hazelnut(Corylus americana) - Green Ribbon

2019 Tree Package

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) - WhiteRibbon

American Persimmon(Diospyros virgniana) - Blue Ribbon

Common Hackberry(Celtis occidentalis) - Purple Ribbon


Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum) - Lime Green Ribbon

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) - Pink Ribbon

2018 Shrub and Small Tree Package

Witch-hazel (Hamemelis virginiana) - Yellow Ribbon

False Indigobush (Amorpha fruticosa) - Purple Ribbon

Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) - White Ribbon

Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum) - Blue Ribbon

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) - Green Ribbon

2018 Tree Package

Redbud (Cercis canadensis) - Pink Ribbon

Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) - Orange Ribbon

Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata) - Black Ribbon

Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) - Red Ribbon

2017 Shrub and Small Tree Package

Common Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) - Black Ribbon

Grey Dogwood (Cornus racemosa) - White Ribbon

Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) - Purple Ribbon

New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) - Green Ribbon

Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) - Blue Ribbon

2017 Tree Package

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) - Red Ribbon

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) - Yellow Ribbon

Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) - Orange Ribbon

2016 Shrub and Small Tree Package


Red ChokeberryRed Chokeberry (Photinia pyrifolia) - Red Ribbon

BayberryNorthern Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) - Blue Ribbon

IndigobushIndigobush (Amorpha fruitcosa) - Green Ribbon

HazelnutAmerican Hazelnut (Corylus americana) - Yellow Ribbon

Flowering DogwoodFlowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) - White Ribbon

2016 Tree Package

Eastern RedbudEastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) - Pink Ribbon

HornbeamAmerican Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) - Black Ribbon

PersimmonPersimmon (Diospyros virginiana) - Orange Ribbon

2015 Shrub and Small Tree Package

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) - Orange Ribbon

Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum) - Blue Ribbon

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) - Red Ribbon

Red Chokeberry (Photinia pyrifolia) - Yellow Ribbon

Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) - White Ribbon

2015 Tree Package

River Birch (Betula nigra) - Black Ribbon

Willow Oak (Quercus phellos) - Green Ribbon

Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata) - Pink Ribbon

2014 Shrub and Small Tree Package

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) - Yellow Ribbon

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) - Blue Ribbon

Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) - White Ribbon

Indigobush (Amorpha fruticosa) - Pink Ribbon

American Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) - Green Ribbon

2014 Tree Package

American Plum (Prunus americana) - Orange Ribbon

Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) - Red Ribbon

Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica) - Black Ribbon

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