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NC Native Plants to Grow

Last fall, we asked our customers what they would like to see at the nursery in the future. Many of you said NATIVE PLANTS! We’ve compiled a list of the plants we carry here that are native to North Carolina. The best times to plant trees, shrubs, and cold weather flowers are in late fall, winter & early spring. The cold allows the plants to establish strong root systems without the stress that summer heat can bring. 


NC Native Trees:

Acer rubrum, Red Maple

Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple

Betula nigra, Riverbirch 

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’, American Sweetgum

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’, Southern Magnolia

Quercus virginiana, Live Oak

Quercus phellos, Willow Oak

Quercus nutallii, Nuttall Oak

Taxodium distichum, Bald Cypress & Weeping Bald Cypress


NC Native Herbs & Wildflowers:

Asclepias Tuberosa- Butterfly Weed

Coreopsis verticillata, Threadleaf Coreopsis- Moonbeam & Zagreb

Echinacea purpurea, Powwow Wild Berry Cone flower

Eupatorium dubium ‘Baby Joe’, Joe Pye Weed

Gaillardia, Arizonia Sun

Heuchera Purple Palace

Monarda didyma ‘Balbalmose’, Beebalm ‘Balmy Rose’, 

Phlox Paniculata- Garden Phlox, Red, Purple,

Phlox subulata, creeping phlox, scarlet, white, blue, purple, pink,

Pycnanthemum muticum, Mountain Mint

Rudbeckia fulgida sullivantii ‘Goldsturm Select’, Black Eyed Susan


NC Native Small Trees & Shrubs:

Amelanchier canadensis, Serviceberry

Calycanthus , Aphrodite

Carpinus caroliniana, Ironwood

Cercis canadensis, Eastern Redbud, Flame Thrower, Rising Sun, Forest Pansy, 

Chionanthus virginicus, White Fringetree, Grancy Graybeard, Granddaddy Graybeard

Clethra alnifolia, Summersweet

Cornus florida, Flowering Dogwood, Cherokee Chief and Cherokee Princess

Fothergilla major “Mount Airy”, Bottlebrush

Hydrangea arborescens, Wild Hydrangea

Ilex glabra, Inkberry

lex verticillata, Berry Poppins®  & Mr. Poppins Winterberry Holly

Itea virginica, Little Henry Sweetspire

Juniperus virginiana ‘Grey Owl’, Grey Owl Juniper

Leucothoe fontaaesiana Girard’s Rainbow

Morus rubra, Red Mulberry

Rhododendron, Flame Azalea, Klondyke

Rhododendron catawbiense-  Album, Chinoides, Roseum Elegans, Nova Zemble, English Roseum

Rubus, Blackberry

Sambucus canadensis, elderberry

Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Peach Sorbet’, Highbush Blueberry

Vaccinium ashei- Climax, Tifblue, Powder Blue, Premier, Takes the Cake

Vitus rotundifolia- Southland, Carlos, Nesbit

Yucca filamentosa Color Guard- Adam’s needle


NC Native Vines:

Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’, Cross Vine

Gelsemium sempervirens, Carolina Jasmine

Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’, Coral Honeysuckle


NC Native Grasses:

Schizachyrium scoparium, ‘The Blues’ Little Bluestem



We hope this list of NC Natives at Mitchell’s will help you surround yourself with the spirit of the Carolinas, invigorate our local environment and provide shelter and food sources for some of our valued Carolina critters!  Happy Planting!