Connoisseur Plants

Connoisseur Plants are rare, new plants, or hard-to-find old favorites. These wonderful plants are being offered to our upper level members, Collector (formlery Sponsor) level and higher..

Please note that several plants are available in very limited quantities. For some plants, we don't know the full range of hardiness, only how it has behaved at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Sometimes, we cannot find any information in our references on a particular taxon. This does not mean that the plant doesn't exist, perhaps just that we are staying one step ahead of published information. One of the purposes of the Arboretum is to test new plants for suitability to the southeastern United States. By growing some of these "new-to-us" plants in your own garden, you can be a part of this evaluation process. Feedback from you is invaluable!

Happy choosing, and thank you for your continued and invaluable support of the JC Raulston Arboretum.

To submit your selections, please use the form link in the e-mail you received on February 21 from Kathryn Wall. If you need assistance, please e-mail Kathryn at kbwall@ncsu.edu or call (919) 513-7004 Selections should be placed no later than end of day February 27, 2022.

Note: The distribution year listed below is the year the plants were awarded. Members request them early the following year. And they're picked up or delivered shortly thereafter.

2017 Plant Selection

Acer
maple

  • deciduous tree to 25'
  • plant in sun to part shade
  • hardy
  • great fall color
Container size: 3" pot

Agave lophantha 'Miniskirt'
dwarf thorn-crested agave

  • woody lily to 8" by 18"
  • plant in sun, well-drained soil
  • semi-hardy
Container size: 3" pot

Aspidistra elatior (ex. 'Fuji-no-mine')
cast iron plant

  • evergreen perennial to 36"
  • plant in shade
  • hardy
  • light lavender flowers in winter
  • deer resistant
Container size: 3" pot

Begonia [Semperflorens-cultorum Group] 'Barbara Rogers'
hardy wax begonia

  • herbaceous perennial to 18"
  • plant in part sun
  • root hardy
  • white flowers in all summer long
Container size: 3" pot

Buxus sinica var. insularis (spreading dwarf)
spreading dwarf boxwood

  • evergreen shrub to 18" × 48"
  • plant in sun to shade
  • hardy
  • deer resistant
Container size: 3" pot
Buxus sinica var. insularis (spreading dwarf)

Callicarpa americana 'Berries and Cream'
variegated American beautyberry

  • deciduous shrub to 5'–8'
  • plant in sun to part shade
  • hardy
  • in August–September
Container size: 3" pot
Callicarpa americana 'Berries and Cream'

Callicarpa oshimensis
beautyberry

  • decidulous shrub to 8'
  • plant in sun to part shade
  • hardy
  • lavender flowers in spring
  • purple fruit in summer to fall
  • attracts birds
Container size: 3" pot
Callicarpa oshimensis

Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Barton'
Atlantic white-cedar

  • woody conifer to 30'–50' tall
  • plant in sun to part shade
Container size: 3" pot
Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Barton'

Crinum bulbispermum
Wine and Chablis South African river lily

  • bulb to 3' by 5'
  • plant in sun to part shade
  • hardy
  • white flowers in spring and summer
Container size: 1 qt

Cryptomeria japonica 'Magic Dragon'
Japanese cedar

Container size: 3" pot
Cryptomeria japonica 'Magic Dragon'

Dactylicapnos macrocapnos
yellow bleeding heart vine

  • winter hardy herbaceous vine to 6'
  • plant in shade
  • hardy
  • yellow flowers in all summer long
  • butterfly/pollinator friendly
Container size: 3" pot
Dactylicapnos macrocapnos

Dactylicapnos macrocapnos
yellow bleeding heart vine

  • winter hardy herbaceous vine to 6'
  • plant in shade
  • hardy
  • yellow flowers in all summer long
  • butterfly/pollinator friendly
Container size: 3" pot
Dactylicapnos macrocapnos

Dahlia imperialis (double white)
tree dahlia

  • herbaceous perennial to 12'
  • plant in sun
  • hardy
  • white flowers in fall
Container size: 1 qt
Dahlia imperialis (double white)

Dianthus plumarius 'Rose Tone'
feathered pink

  • evergreen perennial to 10"
  • plant in sun to part shade
  • hardy
  • rose flowers in spring
  • silvery-blue foliage
Container size: 3" pot

Gardenia jasminoides 'Shooting Star'
Cape jasmine

  • flowering shrub to 3'–4'
  • plant in sun to part shade
  • hardy
  • white flowers in late spring
  • red fruit in late summer
Container size: 3" pot
Gardenia jasminoides 'Shooting Star'

Globba clarkei

  • to 24"–36"
  • plant in shade to partial shade
Container size: 3" pot
Globba clarkei

Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane'
grevillea

  • evergreen shrub to 3' × 5'
  • plant in sun
  • hardy to zone 8
  • yellow-orange flowers in all season
  • butterfly/pollinator friendly
Container size: 3" pot
Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane'

Helwingia japonica
Japanese helwingia

  • deciduous shrub to 5' × 5'
  • plant in sun to part shade
  • hardy
  • light green flowers in spring
Container size: 1 qt
Helwingia japonica

Hibiscus 'Peppermint Flare'
mallow

Container size: 3" pot
Hibiscus 'Peppermint Flare'

Hibiscus syriacus 'Buddha Belly'
rose-of-Sharon

  • flowering shrub to 10'
  • plant in sun
  • hardy
  • white flowers in summer
Container size: 3" pot
Hibiscus syriacus 'Buddha Belly'

Millettia pulchra
summer wisteria

  • deciduous subshrub to 3'
  • plant in sun to part shade
  • hardy
  • light purple flowers in summer-fall
  • fine textured foliage
Container size: 3" pot
Millettia pulchra

Orixa japonica 'Summer Sunshine'
Japanese orixa

  • deciduous shrub to 6'–8'
  • plant in sun to part shade
  • hardy
  • deer resistant
  • Gold new growth ages to chartreuse, best in some sun.
Container size: 3" pot
Orixa japonica 'Summer Sunshine'

Paesia scaberula
Scented Lace Fern

  • herbaceous perennial to 1 foot
  • plant in sun to part shade
  • hardy to zone 7
  • deer resistant
Container size: 3" pot
Paesia scaberula

Passiflora 'Lady Margaret'
passion flower

  • herbaceous vine here to climbs 10'
  • plant in sun
  • root hardy
  • raspberry red flowers in all summer long
  • butterfly/pollinator friendly
  • supports Gulf fritillary and Julia caterpillars
Container size: 3" pot
Passiflora 'Lady Margaret'

Phegopteris hexagonoptera
broad beech fern

  • deciduous fern to 30"
  • plant in shade
  • hardy
Container size: 3" pot
Phegopteris hexagonoptera

Phlox 'Wanda'
hybrid phlox

  • herbaceous perennial to 24"
  • plant in sun
  • hardy
  • magenta flowers in all summer long
  • butterfly/pollinator friendly
  • Excellent disease resistance, compact
Container size: 3" pot

Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Akame'
red-tip Japanese yew

  • woody conifer to 12'–15'
  • plant in sun to part shade
  • hardy
Container size: 3" pot
Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Akame'

Punica granatum 'Elf'
pomegranate

Container size: 3" pot

Punica granatum 'Surh-anor'
pomegranate

Container size: 3" pot

Salvia pallida
pale sage

  • herbaceous perennial to 48"
  • plant in sun to part shade
  • semi-hardy
  • powder blue flowers in mid-summer to fall
  • butterfly/pollinator friendly and deer resistant
Container size: 1 qt
Salvia pallida

Salvia 'Yellow Bird'

Container size: 3" pot
Salvia 'Yellow Bird'

Sinningia 'Carolyn'
hardy hybrid sinningia

  • herbaceous perennial to 3'
  • plant in sun
  • hardy
  • soft pink flowers in all summer long
  • hummingbird magnet
Container size: 3" pot
Sinningia 'Carolyn'

Tetraneuris acaulis
angelita daisy

  • evergreen herbaceous perennial to 6"
  • plant in sun, well-drained soil
  • hardy
  • yellow flowers in all year
  • Flowers on and off all year
Container size: 3" pot
Tetraneuris acaulis