The Native Shrub Package includes 30 seedlings, 5 of each species: Gray Dogwood, Black Chokeberry, Highbush Cranberry, Downy Serviceberry, American Plum and Ninebark.
American Plum (Prunus americana). Small tree with a broad crown and white, sweet-smelling flowers. Edible fruits are about 1” in diameter. Matures up to 15’ with a spread of 8-10’. Prefers rich, well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. 1-year-old seedlings, 12-18”.
Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa). Upright shrub grows 3-8’ tall and 2-6’ wide. Native to low woods, swamps, bogs and moist thickets. White flowers bloom in spring. Black fruit is tart, but can be used in jams, jellies, syrup, wine, or to feed wildlife. Works well in a hedge or rain garden. 1-year-old seedlings, 12-18”.
Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea). Early flowering shrub/small tree typically grows to 15-25’, but can reach 40’. Edible berries. Grows easily in average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade, but can tolerate a range of soils. 1-year-old seedlings, 6-12”.
Gray Dogwood (Cornus racemosa). Tough, low-maintenance shrub blooms with white flowers in June; white fruit feeds, mammals and many birds. Matures at 10-15’ tall and 10-15’ wide. Best in full sun to partial shade. Adapts to many soils, including rain gardens. 1-year-old seedlings, 12-18”.
Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum). Hardy shrub grows to 8-12’ tall. Clusters of white florets in spring become red berries. Easily grown and tolerates a wide range of soils. Moderate growth rate, growing up to 3 feet per year. 1-year-old seedlings, 12-18”.
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius). Deciduous shrub grows to 5-8’ tall and 4-6’ wide. Its bark peels in strips to reveal reddish brown layers. Spirea-like flower clusters in spring become reddish-pink berries. Excellent hedge and good erosion control plant. Highly adaptable to different soil types. 1-year-old seedlings, 12-18”.