Native Plant Sale

Beautify your yard and help grow Alexandria’s tree canopy by purchasing and planting a high quality native tree or shrub.

Page updated on Oct 9, 2019 at 10:21 AM

Fall 2019 Native Plant Sale


Order until October 30 online via webtrac or at the Nature Center.

Pick-up at the Nature Center on Saturday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click here for flyer containing plant information.

For individualized plant care information, email

Beautify your yard and help grow Alexandria’s tree canopy by purchasing and planting a high quality native tree. The following trees are available for purchase:

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) $40
Tulip-Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) $20 
Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida) $40   
White Oak (Quercus alba) $40   
Black Oak (Quercus velutina)$35
Chestnut Oak (Quercus montana) $35  
Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) $40   

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida): 3-5 ft. tall in 5 gallon container. Flowering dogwood is Virginia’s state tree and flower! Growing from 20 to 40 feet tall, this deciduous understory tree can be planted among other trees or as a specimen tree to showcase its graceful form. Showy, long-lasting white blossoms adorn the tree in spring and mature into brilliant red fruit. Fruit is valued by wildlife for its high fat and calcium content. Grows in dry to moist soil and does best in part shade.

Tulip-Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera): 3-5 ft. tall in 2 gallon container.This is one of eastern North America’s largest, most beautiful, and long-lived trees. Straight trunks rise like columns up to 120 feet tall.  The large, distinctive leaves are dark green and lustrous and resemble a tulip flower in outline. Its scientific name tulipifera means “bearing tulips” and describes the large, orange and green tulip-like flowers in May, which are important in the honey industry. Several bird species and mammals eat its seeds and the leaves are an important food for the caterpillar of the Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly.

Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida): 2-4 ft. tall in 5 gallon container. This beautiful, long-lived, evergreen tree is the dominant and characteristic tree of the New Jersey Pine Barrens and is infrequent to rare in the inner Coastal Plain and Piedmont of northeastern Virginia. Native conifers are critical habitat for a number of bird species that are unfortunately in serious decline as coniferous habitat throughout our region keeps diminishing. The Alexandria champion Pitch Pine grows at Ivy Hill Cemetery.   

White Oak (Quercus alba): 6-8 ft. tall in 5 gallon container. Oaks are the backbone of eastern forests and a myriad of wildlife rely on this majestic tree genus for food and shelter. White oaks grow 75 to 100 feet tall, have a wide crown and horizontal branches. Acorns and burgundy foliage provide fall interest. This large shade tree prefers slightly acidic, moist to dry soils, and will grow in sunny or partly shaded locations.

Black Oak (Quercus velutina): 5-8 ft. tall in 7 gallon container. Reaching heights of 75 to 100 feet tall, this versatile oak species prefers moist, rich, well drained soils but will tolerate poor sandy or clay soils. Fall foliage is red to orange, and acorns provide food for wildlife. Make sure you plant this low maintenance tree in full sun and somewhere with room to grow!

Chestnut Oak (Quercus montana): 7-10 ft. tall in 7 gallon container. This beautiful, long-lived oak prefers dry-to-moist upland communities and steep, north-facing slopes. It is known for its deeply furrowed bark and broad, shallowly lobed leaves, which turn golden yellow in fall.  It typically grows to 80-100 feet in height.  Its large acorns are an important food source for many birds and mammals.

Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica): 5-6 ft. tall in 5 gallon container. The attributes are many for this easy to grow, medium-sized shade tree. It grows 50 to 80 feet tall and handles full sun to part shade, wet clay soils, and occasional droughts. Spring blooms are a nectar source for bees. The dark blue edible fruit forms in autumn and is a great late-season food source for mammals and birds. Glossy green leaves turning a stunning scarlet in fall.