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Cabarrus Cooperative Extension Spring Plant Sale

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All orders MUST BE PLACED ONLINE. We are not able to accept orders over the telephone or through the mail. 

Deadline to order is Tuesday, February 27, 2024; 5:00 p.m. 

Plants will be available for pick up on March 7 and 8 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) 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 N.C. Cooperative Extension, Cabarrus County Center. All fruit plants are grown in a nursery in Georgia. Native pollinators are grown in NC. All orders are non-refundable. Plants do not have a warranty.  

Questions about the sale, email or call 704-920-3310; weekdays; between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.



Blueberry, Blackberry and Muscadine 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 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.

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.

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


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: bronze self-fertile, medium large berry, Berry color is pinkish with early harvest. Fruit is very sweet, consistently high yield. Excellent flavor.


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

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

Ouachita: Thornless blackberry. Mid season. Erect canes. Medium size, stores well.

Natchez: Thornless blackberry. Early season. Erect canes. Elongated fruit.


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: Cascade is one of the many cultivars of hops. Cascade hops are one of the most widely used hops by craft breweries in the United States.


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.


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

Adams:  The Adams Elderberry is a striking deciduous perennial. The shrub is covered in dark green foliage that comes to a point and has serrated edges, and by June, the plant will be dotted by bunches of creamy white flowers. By late summer, the flowers give way to clusters of small dark blue to almost black fruit.


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.

White wood aster photo

Eurybia 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 photoEchinacea purpurea – Coneflower – The most popular Echinacea. 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.

Wild GeraniumGeranium maculatum  – Wild Geranium – Clump forming 1-2 feet tall. Perfect for naturalizing, tolerates full sun if watered well. Spring Flowers.

Iris CristataIris cristata  – Dwarf Crested Iris – Clump forming 4-9 inches tall. Spreads to form groundcover. Partial Sun to Partial Shade. It can tolerate full sun but needs more moisture. Spring Flowers.

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

lobelia blue photoLobelia 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. 

Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Scarletta’Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Scarletta’  – Broadleaf evergreen shrub. 3-6 feet. Naturally found in very wet places. Likes acidic soils. Best in partial shade, but can be in full shade or sun with consistent moisture. Spring flowers. Protect in winter to limit frost dieback.

Matteuccia struthiopterisOnocela struthiopteris  – Ostrich Fern – easy to grow native fern. Likes swampy moist areas, thickets, and the understory of woodlands. With erect rosette crown of bright green fronds it reaches a height of 3 to 5 feet and a width of 2 to 4 feet.

Phlox divaricataPhlox divaricata ‘Blue Moon’ – A long-lived, carefree native groundcover. Bears many fragrant, 5-petaled flowers with the arrival of spring.

Polystichum acrostichoidesPolystichum acrostichoides  – Christmas Fern – Evergreen plant that likes dense rich growing areas, shaded, well drained moist conditions. Provides winter cover for birds and other animals. 2-3 feet tall. Will not spread or naturalize, so multiple plants are needed for density.

Pycnanthemum muticumPycnanthemum muticumBlunt Mountain Mint is a native perennial in the mint family. It is commonly found in woodland areas and thickets and it prefers moist to medium well-drained soil. The leaves emit a strong spearmint fragrance when crushed.

Rhododendron canescensRhododendron canescens  – Piedmont Azalea – Large, woody, deciduous native shrub. It does well along well drained water areas, protect from afternoon sun. 6-8 feet tall and wide. Perfect for naturalized areas and pollinators gardens. Spring Blooms.


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

Native Shrubs & Trees

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.

Fothergilla major 'Mt. Airy'Fothergilla major ‘Mt. Airy’ – Showy version with brightly colored fall foliage, white delicate flowers and blue-green leaves in spring.

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ – white native smooth Hydrangea 3-5 feet tall. Most native hydrangea in NC.

Hydrangea quercifolia  ‘Ruby Slippers”Hydrangea quercifolia  ‘Ruby Slippers” Full sun to part shade; Oakleaf hydrangea is an upright, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub; semi dwarf may grow to 5-6 feet in height and 6-7 feet in width.

Ilex verticillata leaves and flowersIlex verticillata ‘Jim Dandy’  Male Winterberry – Member of the native holly family, perennial, woody, deciduous shrub that may grow 6-8 feet tall. Easily pruned to keep shape if desired. Adaptable to various soil types and sun. Male plant produces no fruit. Need a ratio of one male to every  6-10 female plants. 

Ilex verticillata Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’  Female Dwarf Winterberry – Member of the native holly family, perennial, woody, deciduous shrub that may grow 3-6 feet tall. Adaptable to various soil types and sun. Male plant produces no fruit. Need a ratio of one male to every  6-10 female plants.

Viburnum dentatumViburnum dentatum  Arrowwood Viburnum – Native deciduous shrub. 5-10 feed. Small white flowers in spring. Moist well drained soil. Full sun to partial shade. Tolerates a variety of soil and pH types. Great native for butterflies, bees and songbirds.