JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale

Friday, April 10, 2015 – 4:00 pm–7:00 pm – Members-only Preview Sale
Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 9:00 am–4:00 pm
– Everyone Welcome

Ready for spring planting? We are, and we've got new releases, sparkling grasses, and shrubs to die for!

Our generous friends in the nursery industry are donating premium plants for the Arboretum's spring sale in conjunction with the 15th Annual Birdhouse Competition and Raulston Blooms! This is our sixth annual sale for which all proceeds will benefit the JCRA. Come see what we have to offer and get a jump on your spring planting!

JCRA members get a 10% discount on Friday and Saturday! And, only members can purchase plants on Friday evening. If you are not a member, what a great time to join.

Your purchase keeps the JC Raulston Arboretum growing strong! Each gift, membership, or purchase supports the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc. (Tax ID #56-6049304) for the benefit of the JCRA.

Plant Availability List

Plant List Archives


We're still adding new plants to the list so please check back for new additions and other last minute changes to the list..

Some plants may be available in low quantities. Come early for the best selection.

Acer palmatum 'Caperci Dwarf'

Acer palmatum 'Higasa yama'

Acer palmatum 'Higasa yama'
variegated Japanese maple

One of the most distinctive of all Japanese maples, 'Higasa yama' has spring foliage with a green center, white outline, and pink edge. The variegation fades when temperatures soar leaving a faint white line.

Acer palmatum 'Oregon Sunset'

Acer palmatum 'Oregon Sunset'
red lace-leaf Japanese maple

Perfect for the small garden. This very compact Japanese maple has very graceful and colorful leaves from spring through fall. Soft red leaves emerge in spring and eventually darken to plum-red in summer. Bright sunset-red hues cover the tree in fall.

Acer palmatum 'Ōsakasuki'

Acer palmatum 'Ōsakasuki'
green-leaf Japanese maple

Perhaps one of the most intensely bright Japanese maples for autumn display with small brilliant red leaves. Green summer foliage is a beautiful backdrop for the crimson seed pods.

Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'
red narrowleaf Japanese maple

Narrow maroon-red leaves will turn to green in the heat of the summer before returning to crimson in autumn. Adds an airy quality to the garden.

Acer palmatum 'Shaina'

Acer palmatum 'Shaina'
dwarf purple-leaf Japanese maple

This classy Japanese maple has burgundy foliage and a unique dense or layered look. It forms a dense, small-sized tree, only to 8 ' tall, with bright red to red-purple leaves throughout the growing season. Locate this plant where you can appreciate its dwarf, upright habit.

Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom'

Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom'
Japanese maple

Great foliage color, dark stems, and an unusual form are the key features of 'Skeeter's Broom'. Discovered as a witch's broom, it has typically dense, twiggy, growth. Leaves are bright red in spring, dark red in summer, and finally turn pure red again in fall. Dark stems add winter interest.

Acer palmatum 'Tsuma gaki'

Acer palmatum 'Tsuma gaki'
Japanese maple

An elegant Japanese maple, with spring leaves tipped with burgundy as though each lobe was painted with fingernail polish. Makes a small tree. Great fall color.

Acer shirasawanum 'Yasemin'
full moon maple

This full moon maple bears broad leaves deeply colored burgundy. The color holds well through the season while the texture is much bolder than the typical red-leaf Japanese maple.

Acorus gramineus 'Oborozuki'
variegated sweet flag

sun to part shade; 1'

Amsonia hubrichtii
Ozark blue-star

sun to light shade; 3'

Asarum maximum 'Ling Ling'
panda face wild-ginger

shade to part shade; 6"

Buddleja davidii 'Evil Ways'
golden butterfly-bush

sun; 4'–6'

Buddleja 'Purple Haze'

Buddleja 'Purple Haze'
compact butterfly-bush

This compact butterfly-bush from Denny Werner's breeding program is compact without being stiff. It grows as a low plant with horizontal branching and loads of long, deep purple, sterile flower spikes all summer long. Full sun, 36" tall by 40" wide.

Camellia japonica 'Dr. J.C. Raulston'

Camellia japonica 'Dr. J.C. Raulston'
Japanese Camellia

New bright, red hot camellia named by Ray Bond (Bond Nursery Corp., Dallas, Texas) to honor the founder of the JCRA. The flowers are medium sized, anemone form with mid-season spring blossoms. This camellia has an upright habit and makes a nice compact shrub.

Campsis ×tagliabuana 'Guilfoylei'
trumpet vine

sun to part shade; 20' +

Canna 'Lemon Punch'
hybrid canna lily

sun; 36"-48" tall

Cercis canadensis 'Jn2'

Cercis canadensis 'Jn2'
The Rising Sun™ gold-leaf eastern redbud

This introduction from Tennessee has leaves that emerge apricot before turning gold and holding the color well through the season. Petioles on mature leaves are bright pink. The spring flowers are typical for a redbud. Easy in sun or shade but expect the best color in full sun.

Cercis chinensis 'Kay's Early Hope'
Chinese redbud

sun to shade; 15'

Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Harry Lauder's walkingstick

sun to part shade; 8'–10'

Daphniphyllum humile

Daphniphyllum humile
compact daphniphyllum

Daphniphyllum are gorgeous shrubs with evergreen foliage and interesting pinkish-green flowers but are often too large for the typical garden. This compact species (or variety depending on your favorite taxonomist) shrinks the otherwise large plant down to a diminutive 4'–6' with rhododendron-like evergreen foliage on a rounded shrub.

Dianthus tianschanicus
Tianshan carnation

If your next springtime vacation is to the rugged country of Kyrgyzstan in central Asia, be sure to look for the single, pink or white carnation-like flowers of this native. Flowers arise from attractive 1' tall mounds of thick gray-green leaves. If you decide to grow your own, expect them to flower the second year from the seeds you sow.

Diospyros kaki 'Shibamichi Weeping'
weeping Japanese perimmon

We first saw the graceful, weeping branches and bright orange, spindle-shaped fruit of this tree in Akira Shibamichi's garden where it graces the entrance to his driveway. The glossy, large foliage has brilliant fall color before dropping to reveal the fruits. The persimmons are edible and quite tasty but must be allowed to fully ripen before eating. These are large plants in 7 gallon pots.

Disporopsis undulata
evergreen false Solomon's seal

This low-growing evergreen shade perennial makes a slowly spreading mat of arched, deep green leaves with somewhat speckled white flowers followed by purplish fruits. Easy, hardy, and beautiful.

Euscaphis japonica
sweetheart tree

sun to part shade; 20'

Forsythia viridissima 'Bronxensis'

Forsythia viridissima 'Bronxensis'
dwarf green-stem forsythia

This low-growing forsythia has deep green foliage on stems that creep across the ground. In spring expect the typical gold spring harbinger flowers of forsythia.

Gladiolus ×gandavensis 'Boone'
hybrid gladiolus

full sun to light shade; 3'–4'

Hemerocallis 'Leebea Orange Crush'

This re-blooming diminutive daylily bears huge, 6" orange flowers throughout much of the summer. Easy to grow and reliable color all summer - what more could you need.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Smhppino'
Good Golly® panicled hydrangea

This great panicled hydrangea is best in full sun where it can be cut back each year or allowed to grow as a small tree. Huge clusters of white flowers on very sturdy stems keep it from flopping even after a summer downpour.

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV'

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV'
Red Rocket® red crepe myrtle

A knock-out, long blooming, brilliant red flowering crepe myrtle. Long blooming, disease resistant, and drought tolerant, this small tree has it all. Great bark and fabulous fall color are an added bonus.

Lagerstroemia 'Pocomoke'

Lagerstroemia 'Pocomoke'
miniature crepe myrtle

This charming crepe myrtle is one of the true miniature hybrids (Lagerstroemia indica × L. fauriei) introduced from the U.S. National Arboretum. Its pedigree is complex, involving five original plants and their progeny, intercrossed for five generation. It is tolerant of powdery mildew.

Magnolia delavayi
Father Delavay's magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
Southern magnolia

sun to part shade; 30'–40'

Magnolia laevifolia 'Michelle'
shrubby michelia

sun to part shade; 12'-15' ft.

Magnolia sieboldii
Oyama magnolia

part sun; 15-20 feet

Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily'
many-petalled star magnolia

Myrica pensylvanica 'Morton'
Silver Sprite™ female northern bayberry

This excellent bayberry from the Morton Arboretum is an excellent female clone. Large silver fruits with the delightful bayberry scent cling to the stems of this northern native. A male clone is growing in the same pot as Silver Sprite to ensure reliable fruiting.

Parrotia subaequalis
Chinese ironwood

full sun to light shade; 30' tall

Phygelius 'Lemon Spritzer'
variegated Cape fuchsia

sun to part shade; 36"

Pieris japonica 'Planow'
Mountain Snow™ Japanese pieris

This Japanese pieris was selected for its ease of growth in almost any conditions. Glossy, evergreen leaves are highlighted
in spring by masses of small white
bell-flowers hanging in long racemes.
Best in shade in a moist, well-drained soil.

Platycladus orientalis 'Morgan'
Oriental arborvitae

Prunus 'Ncph1'
Pink Cascade™ weeping flowering cherry

sun; 12'

Pyrus 'Ncpx1'

Sambucus nigra 'Madonna'

Sambucus nigra 'Madonna'
variegated black elder

Elders are wonderful plants as specimens or in mixed shrub borders for attracting wildlife. The glossy black fruit which follow white flowers are much loved by birds. This selection is noteworthy for the gold margins and splashing on the foliage making it pop in the landscape. Although color is best in full sun, afternoon shade may be necessary to prevent burning. Size can easily be controlled by cutting back in late winter.

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'
little bluestem

The hottest new native grass on the market, this vertical accent plant has thick textured foliage that transitions from green-blue to shades of reds, purples, and oranges in the fall. Great in tough soils and dry conditions.

Verbascum 'Dark Eyes'
dwarf verbascum

sun; 8"

Veronica 'Aspire'
pink speedwell

sun; 10"