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. For current year ribbon colors, go

2016 Shrub and Small Tree Package


Red Chokeberry Red 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