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Fairfax County Seedling Sale

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!



The 2011 Native Seedling Sale will include two packages. This year’s Shrub and Small Tree Package (10 seedlings, $15.95) features deer resistance. Note: These plants are among the least palatable to them, but hungry deer will eat almost anything! The Tree Package (6 seedlings, $10.95) includes species ideal for both common areas and individual yards.

A full, nonrefundable payment must accompany your order by Monday, April 11, 2011, or until supplies run out. You will receive a confirmation receipt and a map to the pickup site (in Fairfax County, off of Braddock Road, two miles outside the Beltway). Orders may be picked up on Friday, April 15, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m.-noon.

Order now! (Download form.)



2 American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

A stately sun-loving tree. The outer bark peels away to create a unique mottled patchwork of tans, whites, grays, greens and sometimes yellows. The feathery seed nutlets provide food for songbirds. Fast-growing.

Hardiness Zone 4-9.

Photo credits: Paul Wray, Iowa State University,



2 American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)

This small to medium understory tree is also known as Ironwood or Musclewood because of its sinewy, muscle-like bark. Best in moist soil, but is tolerant of dry sites. Red-orange fall foliage. Attracts birds and butterflies. Slow-growing and shade-tolerant.

Hardiness Zone 3-9.

Photo credit: Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, Maryland



2 Black Oak (Quercus velutina)

A majestic shade tree that is able to thrive in poor or disturbed soils. The plentiful acorns provide a valuable food source for wildlife. Fall foliage consists of vivid yellows, oranges and reds. Often found on dry upland ridges.

Hardiness Zone 3-9.

Photo credit: Mark Moran, Island Creek Elementary School, FCPS


Deer Resistant Shrub and Small Tree Package


2 Northern Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)

Spicebush leaves have a spicy, peppery smell when crushed. Spicebush prefers moist to wet, part sun to shade conditions. Yellow flowers emerge in early spring. Host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly. 6-12 feet tall.

Hardiness Zone 4-9.

Photo credit: The Dow Gardens Archive, Dow Gardens,



2 Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

This dogwood shrub's blue berries have high wildlife value. Prefers well-drained, moist soil and sunny or part-sun conditions. Good for streambanks. Fast-growing, 6-10 feet tall.

Hardiness Zone 4-9.

Photo credit: Gary Fewless, 2002, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay



2 Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

Red Osier Dogwood features multi-stemmed striking red branches and twigs, white berries and flowers, and red or purple fall leaves. This deciduous shrub grows best in full sun to part shade and in moist soil. 6-10 feet tall.

Hardiness Zone 3-8.

Photo credit: Paul Wray, Iowa State University,



2 Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis)

Serviceberry's attractive white flowers are among the first to bloom in early spring. Berry-like summer fruits are a food source for songbirds. Moist to wet and sun to part-shade conditions. Height 25 to 30 feet, fast-growing shrubby structure.

Hardiness Zone 3-8.

Photo credit: Chris Evans, River to River CWMA,



2 Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)

This understory tree has long, broad leaves and the largest fruit native to our continent. It grows well in moist, well-drained areas in sun to part-shade. The pawpaw usually reaches 12-20 feet in height, but can be a slow grower, especially when young. Clone stands can form from root suckers.

Hardiness Zone 5-8.

Photo credit: Scott Bauer, USDA, Image Number K7575-8


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.