Get a Jump on Spring at Native Tree and Shrub Sale

Though the notion of springtime might be only a distant hope right now, it’s the perfect time to start thinking ahead about getting some new trees and shrubs in the ground. Early spring is an ideal time to plant dormant seedlings.

The Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding its 40th annual Tree Seedling Sale on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. – noon at the Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 N. Tryon St. in Charlotte. A special “early bird” presale will be held on Friday, Jan. 21 in the same location from noon-2 p.m., with a limited number of plants available. Most native tree and shrub seedlings will be available for $2.00 each on a first come, first-served basis.

Trees and shrubs available include:

Small Hardwoods – $2.00 each
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Persimmon (Diospryos virginiana)

Large Hardwoods – $2.00 each
River Birch (Betula nigra)
Water Oak (Quercus nigra)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica)

Shrubs – $2.00 each
American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Sweet Shrub (Calycanthus floridus)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

Evergreens – Prices vary
Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata)
Sweet Bay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation is a local organization working with residents, agencies and business owners to plan and direct programs for the conservation and development of natural resources. Conservation of our natural resources is a continuous responsibility. Our goal, with the public’s help, is to assure that our County’s natural resources are managed wisely to ensure a quality environment now and for the future.