The annual Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation District seedling sale is a great opportunity to add eco-friendly and habit friendly native trees and shrubs to your garden. The pdf versions of the information forms are provided here. This year they have added hot links under each plant name on the informational pages that will tell you more about each plant. This helps you make the best choices for your needs. And a shout out to our favorite photographer and fellow NCNPS member, Will Stuart, who’s photos are featured on the brochure!
Leslie Vanden Herick and her team at MCSWCD always have a great selection of native trees and shrubs to offer at really affordable prices. And if you pre-order you can skip the line and pick them up Friday, Feb. 24. See details on the order form. The following paragraphs offer a little back story on their challenges in finding plant material to offer this year!
MCSWCD along with our partners at TreesCharlotte are very excited to be able to bring you our 46th Annual Tree Seedling Sale. It has been a bit of a bumpy road getting ready, but we finally have everything in order and have some exciting updates to tell you about. We have new species, new seedling type, and additional resources with information about the trees and shrubs.
First, we must recognize that our friends at the NC Forest Service are having a rough year! Historically, we have purchased a number of our seedling species from the NC Forest Service, specifically from their nursery located in Goldsboro, NC. Unfortunately, along with many other North Carolinians, the nursery was severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The nursery lost the majority of their stock, especially deciduous tree species. As such, we were forced at the last minute to fill the balance of our order from other sources. We must also recognize that many Forest Service and other agencies have been deployed to the western part of our state to manage wildfires. We will continue to keep them in our thoughts.
On to the fun stuff! New this year, we will be offering three species of the trees in tubling form. Tublings are seedlings that come in their own mini-pot (tube). It is our understanding that the seedlings grown as tublings have a higher success rate. We will be offering Beautyberry, Yaupon Holly and Highbush Blueberry in tubling form. Due to higher costs, these species along with the Fringe Tree, Chionanthus virginicus, will be sold for $3.00 per tree.
To give you a bit more information and visuals of each tree, we have also added links to each photo with additional information and photographs. We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to utilize the beautiful photographs taken by local wildlife and nature photographer Will Stuart. Remember, if you pre-order your trees you have your choice of selec on, avoid the lines and receive a 10% discount!
2017 Species Chart annual-tree-seedling-sale-2017-species-chart
2017 Photos of Seedling List annual-tree-seedling-sale-2017-photos-with-links
2017 Order Form annual-tree-seedling-sale-2017-order-form