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All orders MUST BE PLACED ONLINE. We are not able to accept orders over the telephone or through the mail. Having trouble ordering? Call our office or check out our Troubleshooting Page. 

Deadline to order is

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Plants will be available for pick up between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on November 2 & 3 at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Cabarrus County Center (715 Cabarrus Ave-West, Concord, NC  28027). You will receive a reminder note prior to plants arriving. 
All proceeds from the Plant Sale provide N.C. Cooperative Extension programming support. This plant sale is a fundraiser for the Cabarrus County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension. All fruit trees & bushes are grown in a nursery in Georgia. Perennials come from Ross Nursery in Charlotte, NC. All orders are non-refundable. Plants do not have a warranty.

For questions, call 704-920-3310; weekdays; between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.



All berry plants are sold in 1-gallon containers and are well adapted to the Piedmont growing conditions. Cost for plants is $10 each.

At least two different varieties of blueberries must be planted to ensure cross-pollination in order to produce fruit.
Climax: Rabbiteye blueberry, Early Season Producer. Likes acidic soil. Soil test recommended before planting. Requires more than one variety for pollination. Planting different cultivars will extend season.

Premier: Rabbiteye blueberry, Early to Mid Season Producer. Likes acidic soil. Soil test recommended before planting. Self Pollinating. Planting different cultivars will extend season.

Powder Blue: Rabbiteye blueberry, Late Season Producer. Likes acidic soil. Soil test recommended before planting. Requires more than one variety for pollination. Planting different cultivars will extend season.

Arapaho: Thornless blackberry. Early season. Erect canes. Medium size, somewhat irregular shape

Apache:  Thornless blackberry. Mid season. Erect canes. medium-size, portions of the fruit may turn white during hot weather.

Carlos:  Standard to make white muscadine wine. It is a bronze self-fertile and contains 16% sugar. Very vigorous, yielding large amounts of quality, medium size fruit. Cold hardy and disease resistant.

Doreen:  Similar to Carlos, more disease resistance, similar berry quality, with a much later harvest and a less dry scar. Better fruit rot resistance.

Tara:  Bronze self fertile, large berry; harvest season is early. Relatively dry stem scar. Good fruit rot resistance and high yield.

Triumph:  self-fertile variety that produces medium size fruit with good quality and average production. This muscadine vine is a cold hardy, disease resistant. The Triumph muscadine fruit is dry scar. This variety ripens early to mid-season and contains 18% sugar.

Fall Gold:  Self-fertile gold raspberry, the ability to produce two crops each season. After a late summer to fall harvest, a second crop arrives the following spring on the same canes.

Caroline:  Self-fertile red raspberry, very productive, with a rich, full, and intense raspberry flavor. It is a very vigorous variety, with more tolerance for root rot.

Cascade:  Spurred on by the demands of a burgeoning craft brewing industry and a strong public interest in locally grown ingredients; best variety for NC grown hops.


Fig Trees
Fig trees come in 1-gallon containers. Cost per tree is $10.
Brown Turkey: Popular Fig cultivar. 10-30 feet tall. Self pollinating Harvest twice – spring and late summer. Cold hardy to 10 degrees.

Celeste:Multi-branched shrub – most frequently grown figs. Pest and disease resistant but needs winter protection. It is heat tolerant and self-pollinating.

Pear Trees 
Pear trees come in 5-gallon containers. Cost is $25 per tree.
Moonglow: The Moonglow pear tree is resistant to Fire Blight and can bear fruits for many years. It has a vigorous growth habit. Needs at least two cultivars to ensure adequate pollination.

Keiffer:  Kieffer pear is a heavy bearing tree and can tolerate both drought and flooding. It is resistant to Fire Blight. At least two cultivars are recommended for adequate pollination.

Apple Trees 
Apple trees come in 5-gallon containers. Cost is $25 per tree.
Jonagold: 5 Gallon – The Jonagold apple requires two other apple cultivars for pollination. The fruit is crimson red stippled with yellow-gold. Ripens in mid-September into October.

Fuji: Will produce red/pink apples in 3 to 5 years. Soil type needed is average to loamy but responds to enriched soil with better production. Most apple trees do best with a slightly acidic soil pH in the range of 5.0 to 6.8.

Mutsu: Also called Crispin, is a cultivar between Golden Delicious and Indo, introduced from Japan. It is a triploid, self-sterile, and poor at pollinating other apple trees. Potential pollinators are Golden Delicious, Jonathon, or Red Rome.

Gala: The Gala is a propagated apple cultivar, from the 1920s, with a mild, sweet, and sometimes slightly tart flavor. It is a popular apple for fresh eating, salads, and cooking. It is semi-dwarf, meaning its height reaches about 12 to 15 feet at maturity.

Pomegranate Tree
Pomegranate trees come in 3-gallon containers. Cost is $25 per tree.

Dwarf: Compact shrub-like tree up to 3′. Needs to be planted in a protected area or in a container to overwinter. The plant will be killed to the ground at temperatures below 10 F.

Pecan Tree
Pecan trees come in 5-gallon containers. Cost is $40 per tree.
Elliott: Hardy pecan widely planted in the Southeast. Resistant to scab. Small, teardrop-shaped nut of very good quality, usually in alternate years. 50 to 100 feet tall. Need at least two trees from two different cultivars. Type II pollinator.

Kiowa: Noted for consistently producing a very large, high-quality nut. The quality of the nut, year-over-year, is good; however, it is subject to alternate bearing and in years with a high crop load, quality may drop off. It can also be easier to train this cultivar to have a central leader. High resistance to pecan scab.

Pawnee: Large nut size and early harvest (early Sept). Mature in 8-10 years at 25-30 ft. Good disease resistance, but nut scab can be a problem. Type I pollinator. Requires two other cultivars.

Peach Tree
Peach trees come in 5-gallon containers. Cost is $25 per tree.
Great cold-hardy cultivar that can adapt to temperature falls below zero. It is developed in Raleigh, NC. Self-pollinating with heavy bearing each year.

Red Haven:  Heavy-bearing cultivar with little maintenance, easy to grow. It has a spreading characteristic in branches. It is resistant to leaf-spot and self-pollinating. Adapted to cold climates as well.

Plum Tree
Plum trees come in 5-gallon containers. Cost is $25 per tree.
Methley: Heavy bearing variety, start to produce fruit in 2-4 growing seasons. Susceptible to spring frost damage. Self fertile, but planting two cultivars is recommended.


Plum trees come in 5-gallon containers. Cost is $25 per tree.

American: Woody, deciduous tree native to the central and eastern United States and can reach 30 to 80 feet high and 20 to 35 feet wide.


Native Perennials

Come in 1-gallon containers. Cost is $10 per plant.

asclepia tuberosa plantAsclepia tuberosa – Butterfly Weed. Tuberous-rooted, native, herbaceous perennial. Upright, typically growing in clumps 1 to 3 feet tall. Unlike many of the other milkweeds, this species does not have milky-sapped stems.

Aster - Lady in BlackSymphyotrichum Latiflorus ‘Lady in Black’Aster-  Dark Foliage variety, smaller bloom, good filler flower, produce differently first year than second.

Aster October Sky PictureSymphyotrichum Oblongifolium ‘October Skies’ – Aster  –Plant in the full sun with well drained soil. Reaching a mature height and width of 3 feet aromatic aster creates dense low mounds. –

White wood aster photoEurybia Divaricatus  – White Wood Aster – can grow to a mounding height of 3 feet and spread vigorously by rhizomes reaching its full growth in 2 to 5 years. It prefers partial shade with 3-4 hrs of sun daily in average, medium to dry well-drained soils. It is shade, deer, and drought tolerant.

Echinacea purpurea Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Star’ Popular Echinacea with Red to purple rays, dark brown cone

Echinacea purpurea magnusEchinacea purpurea. ‘Magnus’ – Unique flower with drooping petals. Coneflowers are popular perennials with good reason. They are heat and drought resistant, easy to grow, bloom for months, make great cut flowers, and attract birds and pollinators.

switchgrass photoPanicum virgatum – Switchgrass – Perennial, warm-season ornamental. Reaches 3-4 feet and with its flower plumes it can measure up to 7 feet tall. It forms a dense columnar foliage clump that can spread slowly.

liatrisLiatris spicata  – Blazing Star – clump-forming perennial that typically grows 3 to 6 feet tall. The tall spikes of flowers bloom from the top down, are showy and attract pollinators. The foliage is grass-like and grows in clumps.

liatris spicataLiatris spicata – ‘Kobold’  more dense compact, smaller variety.

liatris spicata albeaLiatris spicata – “Alba” Blazing Star – clump-forming perennial that typically grows 3 to 6 feet tall. The tall white spikes of flowers bloom from the top down, are showy and attract pollinators. The foliage is grass-like and grows in clumps.

Lobelia_cardinalisLobelia cardinalis – Cardinal flower is a herbaceous perennial in the Campanulaceae (bellflower) family that may grow 4 to 5 feet tall. –

lobelia blue photo Lobelia siphilitica  –  Great Blue Lobelia is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 3 to 4 feet tall. The leaves are alternate with a toothed margin. Blue flowers first mature in mid-summer and continue into early fall. The flowers are larger than other Lobelias and have stripes on the tube portion.

jacob cline monardaMonarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’Bee balm is an herbaceous perennial in the Lamiaceae (mint) family. Large red flowers. Fair amount of resistance to downy mildew. Prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun; will tolerate some shade. Max height 4 feet.

raspberry wine monardaMonarda didyma ‘Raspberry Wine’  Dark purple/red flower. All monarda are wonderful bee/butterfly plants.

Monarda claire grace photoMonarda didyma, ‘Claire Grace’   Light purple tubular flowers much loved by all pollinators.

Rudbeckia-fulgida-var-sullivantii-Goldsturm--F-D-Richards--cc-by-sa-2-0Rudbeckia fulgida var.sul ‘Little Goldstar’ – Native original variety. Leggy upright perennial. 2-3 feet tall. Prolific flowerer.

rudbeckia american goldrush

Rudbeckia fulgida var. ‘American Goldrush‘ – Knee-high compact tidy clump, with copious floral display and dwarf habit with increased manageability.  

black eyed susanRudbeckia fulgida var.sul ‘Goldsturm‘ – Very long blooming. Unbothered by drought and insects.

Rudbeckia photoRudbeckia fulgida var. ‘Sweet Honey‘ – Large sprawling sprays of smallish more yellow than gold flowers.

Rudbeckia maxima (Cabbage-leaf Coneflower, Giant Brown-Eyed Susan, Giant Coneflower, Great Coneflower, Large Coneflower, Swamp Coneflower) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox

Rudbeckia maxima – Knee-high compact tidy clump, with copious floral display and dwarf habit with increased manageability.


Schizachryium scop.’Standing Ovation’ – Ornamental Grass – Little Bluestem Easily grown, tolerates a wide range of soil conditions in full sun.

blue eyed grass photoSisrinchium ang. ‘Suwanee‘   – These light blue (to white) flowers are on branching stems with grass-like foliage        


goldenrod photoSolidago  shortii –   Goldenrod ‘Solar Cascade’ is a cultivar of Short’s Goldenrod developed by the Cincinnati Zoo Botanical Garden Native Endangered Plant Program as part of its efforts to save the species.

Rough Goldenrod

Solidago rugosa “Fireworks” –  Plants form a bushy, upright clump reaching 2 to 3 feet tall and wide of dark-green leaves and grow best in moist, well-drained soil, but are somewhat tolerant of dry and wet soils.

stokes aster peachy keen photoStokesia laevis ‘Peachies Pick’ – Stokes Aster – herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae (daisy) family and native to the southeastern United States. Grows in full sun to partial shade

ironwood photo

Vernonia noveboracensis  – Ironweed. 5 to 8 feet tall with deep purple flowers that appear in clusters from mid-summer to mid-fall on strong stems.

Come in 3-gallon containers. Cost is $20 per plant.

button bush photoCephalanthus occidentalis  – Buttonbush – Can grow as a tree up to 20 feet but is usually a small shrub up to 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Needs consistently moist to wet, rich soils in full to partial sun. It does well in swamps, streambanks, riverbanks, lakes, and often in standing water up to 3 feet.