NC State Extension

2014 Spring Plant Sale

Deadline to order is Friday, February 28, 2014

Plants will be available for pick up on March 6th and 7th (9am – 5pm) at the Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Office (1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte, NC  28204). You will receive a reminder note prior to plants arriving.

 All proceeds from the  Plant Sale provide Cooperative Extension programming support and partial & full scholarships to Mecklenburg County youth attending 4-H summer camps and teen leadership opportunities.

This plant sale is a fundraiser for Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension. All plants are grown in nurseries in Georgia or Alabama. All orders are non-refundable. Plants do not have a warranty.

To download a plant sale brochure with detailed information about each plant variety, click HERE.

CLICK HERE to place your order ONLINE.

Or call 704-336-2082; weekdays; between 8am and 5pm.


BERRY PLANTS

Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry plants are sold in 1-gallon containers and are well adapted to the piedmont growing conditions. Cost for plants is $8 each.

Blueberries
At least two different varieties must be planted to ensure cross-pollination in order to produce fruit.
Tifblue: Ripens mid to late season. Fruits are medium size with good flavor and average stem scar. Plants have good upright growth.
Delite: Late ripening normally in mid to late July. Upright growth with average vigor. Midium size fruit, good flavor, dry stem scar.
Baldwin: Late ripening variety in July to early August. Moderately vigorous with upright growth. Large fruit, dark blue, good stem scar.

Blackberries
Natchez: Thornless variety; Semi upright growing. Large, elongated, glossy black fruit.
Ouachita: Thornless variety; Large fruit with very good flavor and average sugar content. Ripens mid season over about 5 week period.

Muscadines
Southland: Black; fruit are medium in size, good yields, good flavor, ripens mid to late season. Good disease resistance.
Tara: Bronze; fuit are large in size, good flavor, dry stem scar, and ripen early to mid season. Disease reistant and cold hardy.

Raspberries
Caroline: Lare in size, firm raspberries. The vigorous canes are healthy and disease-resistant. Ripens in June, then repeats in Spetember.


FRUIT TREES

Fig Trees
1 gallon containers, 3 feet tall, $8

Brown Turkey: Bears twice a year, with flesh turning from various shades of amber to pink. The skin is copper brown. Very hardy. Ripens early and late summer.
Celeste: Fruit are small to medium in size. Light brown to violet brown skin. Whitish pink color flesh. Very few seeds. Ripens early summer.

Apple Trees
Bare root, 5-6 feet tall, $14
Granny Smith: Fruits are large in size, red skin, crisp, with a tart, rich wine like flavor. Thjis apple tree can not polinate other apple trees.
McIntosh: Fruit are large in size, light green skin, white flesh, crisp, juicy and ripens late. Tree growth is very vigorous, bears frout at a young age, and is a good pollinator.
Stayman: Fruits are large in size, red skin, crisp, with a tart, rich, wine like flavor. This apple tree can not pollinate other apple trees.

Semi-Dwarf Apple Trees
Bare root, 2-3 feet tall, $14
Red Delicious: The Red Delicious apple is America’s favorite snacking apple. This is the most widely grown variety in the world. Apples have firm, white or cream white flesh that is juicy, aromatic, sweet tasting. They are best eaten raw because of their thick skin. The heart shaped fruit is bright red and sometimes exhibits some red striping. It is crunchy with a mildly sweet flavor. This tree will grow 15-20 feet tall.
Yellow Delicious: A large golden apple that ripens late with a fine, sweet flavor. Home use for eating, pies, sauces, and preserves. Fruit trees need a minimum o f 6-8 hours sunlight daily and need water. They are not drought tolerant. This tree will grow 15-20 feet tall.

Pear Trees
Bare root, 5-6 feet tall, $14
Keiffer: Fruit are large in size, golden yellow in color, white flesh, crunchy, sweet, and ripen mid season. Trees have vigorous growth, are very hardy, blight resistant, and prolific.
Moonglow: Fruit are medium in size, yellow in color, white flesh, soft, excellent, and ripen early. Trees have upright growth and are blight resistant.

Peach Trees
Bare root, 5-6 feet tall, $12
Redhaven: The Redhaven peach is the peach by which all others are measured. Its heavy-bearing, cold-hardy, and resists leaf spot, and the fruit is spectacular. You’ll enjoy bushels of big, luscious peaches that have an almost fuzzless skin over firm, creamy yellow flesh. Fruit is medium to large size and is just right for fresh snacks, canning or freezing. The medium size fruit has smooth, yellow flesh with a brilliant red skin color.
Belle of Georgia: Belle of Georgia is a reliable producer of large, aromatic fruit unsurpassed in sweetness. Pink-blushed freestones with deliciously pale and juicy flesh ripen in August. Resists disease.

Plum Trees
Bare root, 5-6 feet tall, $14
Methley: The Methley Plum tree produces juicy, sweet, red flesh with a mild flavor. This early variety has reddish-purple skin and blood red flesh. The Methley plum tree is very attractive in appearance and vigorous. The Methley is self-fruitful so no pollinator is needed. This early variety has red-purple skin and soft, juicy, blood-red flesh. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds, and the flowers are fragrant. It is drought-tolerant and is a regular bearer.
Santa Rosa: The Santa Rosa Plum tree produces plums that have a delicious flavor. The fruit is large, attractive, dark reddish purple color with red flesh. The fruit is firm and of good quality. One of the most frequently planted Japanese plums. It is a self pollinating tree and thus can be planted in locations where pollination is not needed.


FLOWERING TREES

Dogwood Trees
Bare root, 2-3 feet tall, $18
Varieties Available: Red, Pink and White
The graceful shape of the Dogwood tree and its brilliant springtime blooms make this tree beautiful for all seasons. Though found naturally throughout the Eastern United States, Dogwoods are one of the most popular ornamental specimen trees and never seems to be over planted. Opposite, deciduous mid-green leaves, 3-6″ long are ovate in shape. The leaves turn a reddish-purple color in autumn.

Cherry Trees
Bare root, 4-5 feet tall, $18

Kwanza: The Kwanza cherry has double pink flowers and a vase-shaped form with a rounded crown that spreads with age, making the tree wider than it is tall at maturity .The new leaves are bronze colored, turning to dark green, then yellow, orange, or copper in fall. This is a fruitless cultivar. The tree prefers a site with full sun, loose, well drained soil with plenty of moisture. It is somewhat tolerant of alkaline soil and drought but is sensitive to pollution and stresses in general. Grows to 30′ to 40′.
Yoshina: The tree that made the Macon Cherry Blossom Festival famous. Fragrant, white-pink flowers; oriental branching pattern; glossy bark; dark-green leaves. Likes full sun, well-drained soil. Grows to 40′ to 50′.

Flowering Crabapple Tree
Bare root, 3-4 feet tall, $15
Varieties Available: Red and Silver
There are few plants that create greater intrigue or visual impact during all four seasons than the flowering crabapple. In the spring all eyes are enticed with delicate colors offered by emerging leaves and buds. Unopened flower buds may hint of one color and as flowers open, other hues are revealed in a spectacular floral display. As flowers fade the rich foliage offers another subtle contribution to the landscape. As autumn arrives crabapple foliage and fruit transform to match the vibrant colors of an artist’s palette. Falling leaves reveal the glorious color of the fruit. The snow of winter accents fruit, branches, and tree shape. It is no wonder crabapples are called “jewels of the landscape.”

Crape Myrtle
Bare root, 2-3 feet tall, $10
Varieties: Red, White, Purple, Pink
Blossoms are continuous throughout the summer and early fall. They grow best in full sun, are fast growing, and easy to maintain.

American Redbud
Bare root, 3-4 feet tall, $15
An American classic! this flowering tree looks great in any landscape. its rosy blossoms announce spring and lovely heart-shaped leaves create gentle shade in summer. This American native reaches 20-25 feet and spreads over a 10-15 feet area. Use as a landscape focal point or plant in rows as an unforgettable spring border.


FLOWERING SHRUBS

Blue Hydrangea
Bare root, 18-24 inches tall, $12
Large blue blossoms and a rebloomer, too! Add big, bold, beautiful color to your summer garden with handsome Dooley Blue Hydrangea! Large, rich blue blossoms and lush foliage are delightful. Named for Georgia’s ex-football coach, Vince Dooley, who grew them in his yard. Blooms in the ancillary bud so even if a frost kills the terminal bud, the plant will still bloom. Grows quick and it’s easy to care for, too! Thrives in light to partial shade as well as sun! Reaches 5′ tall and wide.

Japanese Snowball
Bare root, 12-18 inches, $8
Produces beautiful round white flowers in spring (usually April to May) and is considered to be deer resistant. Plant this stunning taller growing shrub in full to partial shade in moist well-drained soil. After the Snowball’s flower in spring, its bright red berries will fade to black over fall while its dark green foliage turns into dark reds and purples. The Japanese Snowball’s mature berries attract many birds and wildlife.

Calycanthus (Sweet Shrub)
Bare root, 18-24 inches, $8
An upright, oval shaped shrub that looks great in the back of the shrub border or for use as a screen. The flowers are borne on last year’s stems in mid-spring and have a fragrance similar to strawberries.

Forsythia (Golden Bell)
Bare root, 2-3 feet tall, $8
The early spring flower is the most appealing feature of this plant. Flowers are usually profuse, and open before the leaves emerge on the plant. With an unusually mild winter, bloom may occur as early as late January, but usually occurs in March. Flowers will last for two or three weeks unless killed by cold. The yellow flowers are 1¼ to 1½ inches long and wide, bell-like and produced in clusters. They bloom on last year’s wood. Dark green leaves emerge shortly after bloom. In the fall they may turn slightly yellow or burgundy, but usually die off green.


SHADE TREES

River Birch
Bare root, 4-5 feet tall, $14
The cinnamon-colored, exfoliating bark of the River Birch is spectacular in the winter. Lustrous, medium green leaves. Most borer resistant birch. Tolerant of wet soils and dry summers. Avoid very alkaline soils. Grows 40 to 70 feet. 40-60 feet spread.

Red Maple
Bare root, 5-6 feet tall, $18
Brings color to your landscape year-round. Green stems turn red in winter, new leaves are red-tinged, turning to green. Fall color is deep red or yellow. Flowers are also red. Fast growing and tolerant of many soils. Grows 40 to 60 feet with a 40 foot spread.

Pin Oak
Bare root, 4-5 feet tall, $14
Pyramidal through early maturity, its form turns more oval in older age. Fast-growing, tolerates wet soils, likes full sun. Glossy dark green leaves turn russet, bronze or red. Grows 60 to 70 feet tall with a 25 to 45 foot spread.

Western Catalpa
Bare root, 4-5 feet tall, $14
Large tree that grows fairly quickly to an upright, coarse and distinct form that provides interesting winter character. Its large leaves are bright green in summer, turning yellow-green to brown but often falling before turning. Showy, large white flowers appear in May to June followed by seed pods 8-12 inches long that persist into fall and winter. It tolerates different soil types and handles alkaline soil and drought well. Has few insect and disease problems.

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