Welcome to the second annual Friends only preorder plant sale at the JC Raulston Arboretum. We are often asked where we get our new and unusual plants and the answer of course is from a variety of sources, most not available to homeowners. We want to offer you, our members, a chance to purchase some of these outstanding plants for your own gardens as a way to thank you for your support. A few of these plants are already growing here at the JCRA but most are new to us as well and this is your chance to get these plants at the same time as the Arboretum.
Since this is a members only preorder sale, members are welcome to order as many or as few of each plant as they would like. Members were sent a link via e-mail on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, to place their orders. If you missed the e-mail, please contact a JCRA staff member.
Nonmembers may become a member to participate in this plant sale and in our many other programs. New and newly renewed members will receive a link via e-mail to place their online order.
Payments (credit card or check) must be made at the time of ordering. Sales will end on Monday, September 17 at 12:00 PM. Plants will be available for pick-up on:
This is a preorder plant sale only. There will be no on-site sale. The opportunity to purchase these plants is a membership benefit. Please do not forward this information, except by way of encouraging friends and family to become Friends of the Arboretum themselves.
In these times of shrinking budgets, the JCRA needs your support more than ever. We thank our Friends for all you do and hope you find something exciting for your garden.
Proceeds from the plant sale support the JC Raulston Arboretum's General Fund within the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit public charity that supports academics, research, and Extension at or through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University (CALS).
This sport of 'Little Richard' has creamy margined glossy semi-evergreen foliage that emerges with a burgundy tint. The young stems are often bright red as well. White flowers open from pale pink buds over most of the summer. The fragrant flowers attract pollinators throughout the season. The plants maintain a neat, dwarf habit without pruning.
Container size: cell
We collected this lovely maple near Mt. Ontaki in Japan at just over 6000' under collection # MWJ11-642. It makes a small tree with a 3-part, compound, heavily serrated leaf and bright fall color ranging from gold to red. The flowers are a cheery yellow and quite showy, appearing before the foliage in spring. It prefers a bit of shade in the southeast but is otherwise easy to grow. It can be pruned to a single stem but is often seen in landscapes as a multi-stemmed tree. (3.5" pot)
This small to medium sized maple is one of our very favorites at the JCRA with a nicely formed, rounded head. The fall color is typically a beautiful clear yellow. These plants are from seed we collected in Japan in 2011 where it was growing as a lovely understory tree near the gorgeous Ryuzu Falls in Nikko. Expect it to grow to about 35' in the landscape although in the wild it can grow to almost twice that height. Plant in high shade or full sun. (3.5" pot)
This lovely podocarp relative is native to the southern regions of Africa and makes a soft textured, specimen conifer. In its native habitat it makes a huge tree but will be much slower in the landscape. These plants are from cuttings we received from Tifton, GA where it was thriving in an exposed situation. We imagine these will be fairly tender so they should be planted in a very protected spot or grown as an unusual houseplant where it tolerates low light conditions very well. (3.5")
This lovely perennial aster is native across east Asia from Siberia down to Taiwan and will tolerate just about anything you can throw its way from full sun to relatively deep shade. Pure white flowers with a gold eye cover the plant from late summer well into fall. It is exceptionally cold hardy, spreading politely by underground rhizomes to make nice clumps to about 30" tall. (3.5" pot)
Container size: cuttings
JCRA Education Program Coordinator, Christopher Glenn brought us this lovely plant that he had been growing for years. It grows like a typical wax begonia with succulent bright green foliage and pure white flowers but has been winter hardy in his Wake Forest garden for many years. We haven't grown it for long here at the Arboretum but it looks awfully nice so far. (3.5" pot)
We received this plant several years ago from Bruce Appledoorn of Appledoorn Landscape Nursery in Bostic, NC. It was passed down from his father and formed a low wide specimen at the nursery. It has settled in quite well here at the JCRA and we think it has real landscape potential. It is especially effective as a tall, slow ground-cover in the shady garden. (3.5" pot)
We collected the bright purple fruit of this relatively small, upright beautyberry at the South China Botanical Garden in Guangzhou, China. The narrow leaves emerge with a purplish tinge before bearing white to lavender flowers followed by the showy purple fruit. We’re not sure of the hardiness of this species but expect it to grow well in most of NC in sun to part shade. (3.5" pot)
Among the Carpinus (hornbeams), there probably is none with more beautiful foliage than this species. Carpinus japonica, a small-sized tree reaching about 20' in height, bears attractive, finely-pleated leaves, looking as if they have been pressed. In summer, hop-like fruit catkins appear, light green in color and standing in contrast to the dark green leaves. Best in part-shade to part-sun sites. Hardy throughout NC. We collected this seed in 2011 under collection number MWJ11-652 in the Nagano region of Japan. (3.5" pot)
Container size: 4" pot
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Elmwood’, sometimes seen as ‘Elmwood Gold’, makes a lovely rounded but somewhat flat-topped ball of gold in the garden. The sprays of gold foliage are quite attractive all year through and the uniform shape of the plant makes it easy to put in a landscape. We have found our plant to be quite burn resistant in full sun. Shaded portions of the plant such as interior branches will be green. If reversions or long shoots appear, they should be pruned immediately but we haven't seen any yet. Ultimate size is difficult to tell at this point but I would think it will slowly grow to about 6’-8’ in a decade, probably ultimately becoming wider than tall.
We love this funky red-stemmed dogwood from the Proven Winners line. As they say, "Its glossy, puckered foliage is distinctive as well as attractive. The thick foliage delivers a high degree of leaf spot resistance. Compact growth and bright red winter stems add to this native shrub's year-round appeal." We've found this to be a great performer with a tidy, distinct look. Great for sun to part shade in average to wet soils. (3.5" pot)
We've heard that plantsman extrordinaire, John Elsley says this is the BEST Daphne odora. Glossy evergreen foliage in a low mound is covered in late winter by masses of slightly pink tinged, white flowers. This is by far the heaviest flowering daphne we've ever seen and we've seen a bunch. The fragrance is as lemony sweet as other daphne but the extra flowers provide even more punch to this intensely fragrant shrub. Daphne odora is best in a very well-drained soil and once established will grow under large shade trees with no problem. We've offered this before but it is back by very popular demand. (3.5" pot)
sun–part shade; 12"–15"
Container size: cuttings
Container size: 3" pot
'White Perfection' is considered to be one of the best white heaths that willactually grow in the south, producing outstanding pure white flowers in late winter through early spring. This little evergreen has bright green needle-like leaves tipped with yellow in the spring. When given good growing conditions, it requires little or no shearing to maintain itself as a perfect mound with an erect habit.
'Hoogendorn' has long been recognized as one of the finer dwarf Japanese hollies, growing to about 2.5' tall and slightly wider with glossy green foliage. This sport from that great plants ups the ante with a broad gold margin around each leaf. Expect a diminutive, slow growing plant that packs a lot of punch in a small package. We've offered this several years ago as ('Hoogendorn' variegated). Sun to part shade in moist, well-drained to fairly dry soil.
Formerly known as Michelia szechuanica, this elegant evergreen magnolia was grown from seed we collected at the Omei Shan Botanic Garden located at the base of the famed Mt. Omei (Emei) in Sichuan in fall of 2012. It makes a tall, narrow tree which flowers heavily and freely before forming bright red fruits and seeds. Hardiness is uncertain but we have been growing Magnolia ernestii from another source in our Japanese Garden for many years. Sun to light shade. (3.5")
Container size: 3" pot
An evergreen michelia from Guanxi. This plant is a seedling from a plant at Quarryhill Botanic Garden in the wine country of CA. Plants should show heavy brown pubescence on new twigs and buds before opening enticingly fragrant white flowers in spring. The seedlings are all very uniform so we doubt there was any hanky-panky with other nearby magnolias. Hardiness is very uncertain. (3.5")
This evergreen magnolia is a late winter bloomer producing white flowers from 4 to 6 ½ inches in diameter with an intoxicating fragrance. The first few years it will grow 2 to 3 feet in a growing season. Does best in full sun to part shade with protection from north winds. (1 qt)
This unusual conifer has broad, plastic textured “needles” that look more like the leaves on a broadleaf tree. It is closely related to Podocarpus and was once included in that genus. It makes a large tree over time. Plants are typically dioecious but occasionally monoecious so male and female plants are needed to produce the fruit with a fleshy aril that is edible. These are plants from the UGA Tifton Research Station. (3.5")
Container size: cuttings
Flowering weigela is an old-fashioned shrub that can be found growing in many mature shrub borders and gardens. There is nothing old-fashioned about this oddity though. Creamy white margins on each leaf are only the beginning. The foliage is curiously puckered and contorted with the central green portion growing larger than the constricting white margin. The overall effect is actually quite nice with a mound of foliage that sparkles in the sun and adds quite a bit of texture to the garden. Light pink, tubular spring flowers fade to white for a two-toned flower show. The puckered foliage seems to keep this plant somewhat more compact so expect Weigela florida ‘Caricature’ to grow to about 5′ over time, perhaps larger in rich soils. Prune immediately after flowering to control height if desired and grow in full sun to very light shade for best flowering. (3.5" pot)