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Choice Plants

Plants for a Better World from the JC Raulston Arboretum

Choice Plants are superior selections of new and underused plants for the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic from the JC Raulston Arboretum landscape trials. Plants are chosen for their adaptability, beauty, and overall garden worth and are grown by local nurseries in a collaborative effort between the Johnston County Nursery Marketing Association and the JCRA. The first selections debuted in fall 2012. More selections will be added regularly to this line of exceptional garden plants. As the famed J. C. Raulston reminded us, "Plan—and Plant for a Better World."

2013 Selections

Buxus sempervirens 'Unraveled'

Weeping Common Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens 'Unraveled'

This tough but elegant shrub makes a definite statement in the landscape where the branches weep gracefully for a very "un-boxy" boxwood. It grows in full sun to shade and is exceptionally drought tolerant and deer resistant. Perfect for containers, specimens, or massing on a hillside.

Cercis chinensis 'Kay's Early Hope'

Chinese Redbud

Cercis chinensis 'Kay's Early Hope'

This redbud, named for NC State's incomparable women's basketball coach Kay Yow, begins flowering by early March and continues until May. Lavender-pink flowers absolutely cover the stems before the heart-shaped leaves appear.

Callicarpa american 'Welch's Pink'

Pink American Beautyberry

Callicarpa american 'Welch's Pink'

'Welch's Pink' is a beautiful native shrub with gorgeous pink fruit from late summer into winter. The fruits follow puffy masses of small, pink, summer flowers and attract birds. Grow in ordinary garden soil to wet soils.

2012 Selections

Heteropterys glabra


Heteropterys glabra

Redwing is an unusual vine from South America with lovely gold flowers from late June until fall. Flowers are quickly followed by red, wing-like fruits which are quite showy and appear alongside the flowers for a hot, multicolor effect. Perfect for training on an arbor or growing as a wide-spreading, low shrub.

Viburnum obovatum 'Mrs. Schiller's Delight'

Dwarf Viburnum

Viburnum obovatum 'Raulston Hardy'

'Raulston Hardy' is a tough but beautiful native plant for any garden. It makes a small, neat mound without any pruning and is topped in spring with masses of white flowers. Very drought tolerant once established.