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 MOCK ORANGE (Philadelphus lewisii)

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Each spring the Okanogan Conservation District holds a native plant sale. You may pre-order plants between September and January for pickup in April.

 

2014 Native Plant Sale

 Saturday April 5th

8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

 

If you didn't pre-order plants, you have one last chance to get the native plants you want for spring. The plant sale will be at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, in the Horticulture Building.

 

QUANTITIES ARE LIMITED! Come early for best selection.

 


CLICK HERE for the 2014 Plant Sale Edition of our newsletter.

 

CLICK HERE for an order form.

We will be taking credit card orders over the phone and in person, or you can send us a check by mail.

Be sure to get on our mailing list so you don't miss out! We can send a hard copy to your mailing address or electronic version to your email inbox. Simply email us at ocd (at) okanogancd.org and put "plant sale signup" in the subject line, or call (509) 422-0855 ext. 100.

 

 Species Available for 2014

TREES    
     
Ponderosa Pine    
    Found primarily in the central and eastern part of Washington, at elevations up to 4,000 feet. Ponderosa Pine can grow to over 100 feet tall and the trunk can reach 3 feet in diameter. It grows in a wide range of soils, where adequate moisture and drainage is available. It is usually found in  areas that receive 14 to 30 inches of precipitation annually. It is tolerant of minimal precipitation in the summer months, although it typically survives seasonal droughts better in medium and courser textured soils, where moisture is less tightly bound in the soil.  It is generally considered intolerant of shade. Ponderosa Pine forests provide a valuable source of timber, as well as providing important wildlife habitat. Young seedlings and saplings are at risk to damage from rodents, deer and elk, as well as trampling from livestock, therefore seedlings may require protection. More info here
     
Quaking Aspen    
     In Washington, Quaking Aspen can be found throughout the East side of the State where adequate moisture is present. Quaking Aspen can reach as tall as 80’ where ample moisture and suitable exposure is available.  In sites with only marginal moisture, the trees may only reach 20’ to 30’. Its ornamental attributes are beautiful and change through the seasons. In  spring, the leaves first appear striking chartreuse. As summer approaches, the  mature leaves take on a bluish-green color and audibly tremble with the  slightest breeze. The leaves then turn a bright yellowish-gold in the fall. After the  leaves fall in winter, the trees show off their bright white bark.  Aspen is also a very useful conservation species. Its branches provide nesting for  many bird species, its tender foliage is used a browse for many mammals, its roots are a very effective soil stabilizer along streams and other bodies of water. More info here.
     
 Rocky Mountain Juniper    
     Rocky Mountain Juniper is a tree-like Juniper species. Even so, it is quite bushy in its growth habit. Some of the largest specimens known have grown over 30 feet tall and spread 6 to 8 feet wide. They probably will not get that big in our region. Rocky Mountain Juniper is one of the hardier, drought-tolerant conifers around. They generally grow best in areas that receive at least 12” of precipitation annually.  They need sun and well-drained soils to thrive. It is favored for upland soil stabilization on harsh sites due to its hardiness and extensive, fibrous root system.  The berries that Rocky Mountain Juniper produces in late summer and fall are an important food source for many species of birds and mammals. It is also a fine ornamental species and is often used as a specimen plant or planted in groupings to provide screening. More info here.
     
 Western Larch    
    Western Larch (also known as Tamarack) is predominantly found in the Northeast region of Washington. It also occurs sporadically along the east slope of the Cascades at elevations above 3,000 feet, and in the Blue Mountains in southeast Washington between 2,000 and 4,500 feet.   Western Larch is the only deciduous conifer native to this region. Larch is a vigorous, upright tree.  It can exceed 150 feet tall, with a straight trunk that grows to 3 feet in diameter. It is often found as a pioneering species, and is therefore a good species for use in open, disturbed restoration sites. Its seeds are eaten by several species of birds and mammals, and grouse eat the fallen needles. Its bright gold autumn color is valued in the ornamental industry, and even more spectacular in large native stands. More info here.
     
 SHRUBS    
     
 Blue Elderberry    
    Blue Elderberry grows throughout Washington, from sea level to 5,000 feet, and is most predominant in eastern Washington. It is a large deciduous shrub that can grow to about 15-30ft, with a spread of up to 20ft. White flowers yield to bluish-black drupes of berries. Blue Elderberry can be found growing in a wide range of sites that ranges from wet  to dry and sunny to shady. It grows best with ample sun, however. It has a variety of uses as a conservation species including riparian habitat restoration, erosion control, shelter belts, and wildlife habitat improvement. It is quick to establish, and fast growing once established. Its dark blue berries have been favored for generations for use in preserves, pies and wine. More info here.   
     
 Creeping Oregon Grape    
 mahonia repens   Creeping oregon grape is an excellent choice for natural landscaping and drought tolerant gardens. It is a year-round attractive, hardy plant, tolerant of drought, frost, and heat. It can provide good ground cover in a cold situation. Creeping oregon grape is a low-growing, stoloniferous, evergreen shrub or shrublet which typically grows to 1' tall and spreads by underground stems to form an attractive ground cover. Features holly-like, odd-pinnate, compound leaves with oval, spiny-toothed, leathery, bluish-green leaflets (usually 3-7). Foliage turns purplish in winter. Deep yellow flowers appear in small racemes (1-3") in spring and are followed by small clusters of grape-like, dark bluish-purple berries (1/4" diameter) which mature in late summer. Berries are very sour but edible and can be used in jellies. Yellow stem wood was used by Native Americans to produce yellow dyes and a bitter tonic.
     
 Douglas Spirea    
     Douglas Spirea is also known as Hardhack. It is a deciduous shrub with an upright growth habit. It can grow from 3 to 8 feet tall, with an approximately equal spread. It can spread by underground runners, creating large thickets. Douglas Spirea is adapted to grow in a wide range of conditions.  It grows in sun or shade, in damp, marshy sites, or rocky open upland areas. It is found growing from sea level to mid elevation forests.  It is not well suited to dense shade or very arid sites. It is an outstanding conservation species and is adapted to a wide range of sites. Its rhizomatous root system help make it a good soil stabilizer.  It also provides wildlife habitat, and is a common riparian species. More info here.
     
 Kinnikinnick    
        Kinnikinnick is a mat-forming evergreen shrub that prefers coarse well to excessively drained soils of forests, sand dunes, bald or barren areas. It does not tolerate moist sites. Although bearberry is often found growing in the open on sand dunes, it grows well under partial shade of forest canopies. It has small pink bell-shaped flowers that bloom in March and April. Its red berries ripen late and stay on plants into winter. Very cold tolerant. More info here.
     
Mock Orange    
  Mock Orange (also known by some as Syringa) can be found throughout the state at low to middle elevations. It grows 6 to 12 feet tall, with an erect, loosely branched habit. The abundance of white, sweetly-scented flowers makes this shrub quite noticeable in May and June. Mock Orange grows in a variety of different habitats at lower to middle elevations  throughout Washington. It can be found as a riparian species growing along gullies  and streams. It also grows in open or forested bottomlands, and in a variety of upland sites including talus slopes and rocky cliffs. It is often found in coastal  forests, sagebrush, bunchgrass, and Ponderosa Pine ecosystems. Mock Orange is an excellent soil and streambank stabilizer, and an important wildlife species. More info here.
     
 Red Osier Dogwood    
    Red Osier Dogwood (also known as Red Twig Dogwood) is found throughout Washington. It grows from low valley-bottoms up to timberline. It is a deciduous shrub that can grow to 20 feet tall, and spread to 20 feet wide. Red Osier is usually found growing in moist soils, often along streams, lakes and swamps. It tolerates shade, but prefers sun. Red Osier Dogwood has long been used as a restoration species, as well as a popular ornamental. Its dense, matting root system makes it useful in stream-side stabilization. It is also an important species for providing forage for deer, elk and moose in the winter. Certain species of birds use its berries as food, while others use the plant for nesting. Red stems provide striking winter interest, and its clusters of small white flowers are showy in spring.  Clusters of white berries provide color in late summer, and the leaves turn reddish in the fall. More info here.
     
 Redstem Ceanothus    
 redstem ceanothus   Redstem ceanothus is a shrub in the buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae). It grows in temperate coniferous forest habitat in forest openings amidst the conifers. This is an erect shrub approaching 10' in maximum height. Its stem is red to purple in color, its woody parts green and hairless when new. The deciduous leaves are alternately arranged and up to about 10 centimeters long. They are thin, light green, oval, and generally edged with glandular teeth. The undersides are sometimes hairy. The inflorescence is a cluster of white flowers up to about 6 inches long. The fruit is a three-lobed smooth capsule. This shrub is an important food plant for wild ungulates such as the Rocky Mountain Elk, it is browsed eagerly by many types of livestock, and the seed is consumed by many types of animals. Like many other Ceanothus, this species requires wildfire for reproduction and proliferation; its seeds are activated by heat and the plant is intolerant of the shade produced by an overgrown forest.
     
 Rocky Mountain Maple    
    Rocky Mountain Maple (Douglas Maple) can be found from Alaska south to Northern California. It grows as a small deciduous tree or large, upright shrub, up to 30 feet tall, often with an upright growth habit. It is adapted to grow in a wide variety of sites, from moist lowland to dry upland areas. It can be found growing in moderate shade as an understory species, or on very sunny exposed ridges. Rocky Mountain Maple has a faster and more upright growth habit than Vine Maple, making it a more suitable species for shading out competing vegetation. Its fall leaf color can be as brilliant as any maple, and its glossy reddish bark is most notably attractive in winter. More info here.
     
 Serviceberry    
    Serviceberry has a variety of common names such as Saskatoon, Shadbush and Juneberry. This widespread species occurs abundantly throughout western North America at low to mid elevations. Serviceberry grows as a small deciduous tree or upright shrub. The size typically ranges from 6 to 15 feet tall with an approximately equal spread. It often spreads by underground runners, creating large thickets. Serviceberry grows in a wide range of conditions. It tolerates soils that range from moist to dry and coarse to fine. It grows on sites that vary from full sun to shade, on terrain from level to steep. It often grows best in areas with over 12 inches of annual precipitation, good drainage, and moderate exposure. It is an excellent plant for enhancing wildlife habitat: the berries produced in late summer are a favorite food of animals including birds, rodents and bears. It also provides winter forage for many mammals, which can place young seedlings and saplings at risk. New plantings may require protection from livestock, deer, mice, voles, etc. It produces masses of fragrant white flowers in late spring. Its foliage is also quite attractive in the fall. More info here.
     
 Shrubby Penstemon    
 penstemon   This is a low, compact, shrubby, semi-evergreen perennial with pairs of dark-green leaves, some of which turn reddish in the fall before dropping. A bushy plant, usually much broader than tall, with large, showy, pale lavender or pale blue-violet, bilaterally symmetrical flowers in crowded, narrow clusters at stem ends. Tubular rose-purple to lavender flowers extend horizontally in short, spike-like clusters. The entire plant is 6-16 in. tall. In a genus with many beautiful species, this one may be the most spectacular. Bright green, leafy patches cascade down banks and between rocks, topped with a dense display of subtly shaded flowers that butterflies seem to find especially attractive.
     
 Wax Currant    
 wax currant    This species of currant is native to western North America, including British Columbia and much of the western United States, where it grows in several types of habitat, including mountain forests in alpine climates, sagebrush, and woodlands. It can grow in many types of soils, including sandy and clay substrates, serpentine soils, and lava beds.This is a spreading or erect shrub growing 3-5' tall. It is aromatic, with a "spicy" scent. The stems are fuzzy and often very glandular, and lack spines and prickles. The leaves are somewhat rounded and divided into shallow lobes which are toothed along the edges. The leaves are hairless to quite hairy, and usually studded with visible resin glands, particularly around the edges. The inflorescence is a clustered raceme of 2 to 9 flowers. The small flower is tubular with the white to pink sepals curling open at the tips to form a corolla-like structure. Inside there are minute white or pinkish petals, five stamens, and a two protruding green styles. The fruit is a rather tasteless red berry up to a half ince wide, with a characteristically long, dried flower remnant at the end.
     
 Western Mountain Ash    
 mountain ash   A close relative of the widely-used European rowan tree (Sorbus aucuparia), western mountain ash has similar large, compound leaves with broad, round-tipped leaflets, flat-topped sprays of white elderberry-like blossoms, and clusters of crayon-orange berries. It is generally a smaller tree than the rowan, usually with multiple trunks that arch gracefully. Another attractive feature is the smooth, cinnamon-brown bark. In nature it is browsed by deer, which tends to give it a dense thickety look with numerous trunks, but it is easily shaped by pruning in the landscape to a more desirable form. It will need protection from browsing when young. Western mountain ash is a plant of moist sites in the mountain brush and aspen parkland communities. It likes rich soil and regular summer watering, and prefers partial or dappled shade. Good companion plants include mountain snowberry, mallowleaf ninebark, and white fir.
     
WILDFLOWERS    
     
 Blanket Flower    
 blanket flower   Blanketflower is a native perennial wildflower useful for adding species diversity in native plant seed mixes for rehabilitation of disturbed sites. It can be used in producing native wildflower sod for restoration of native plant colonies. Blanketflower is suitable for use as an ornamental wildflower in low maintenance or naturalistic landscapes. It has utility as a cover and food source for pollinators, wildlife, and livestock.
     
 Wyeth Buckwheat    
 buckwheat   Wyeth buckwheat is a perennial forb to sub-shrub with a branching woody stem. Leaves are covered with dense white hairs making the herbage appear a light green to blue-grayish color.It produces large splays of small, cream to yellow colored flowers and has tremendous potential for use in native landscaping and drought tolerant plantings in the semi-arid regions of western North America. Flowers of buckwheat species are known to attract insects which are an important part of the diets of insect loving species such as sage grouse. Photo credit Alex Mueller.
     
 Western Aster    
 aster   Western aster is a forb species that may have potential for rangeland seedings in semi arid plant communities. It establishes readily from broadcast or drill seedings and competes with and even suppresses cheatgrass. It can be used for seeding unstable slopes. Young plants do not attract heavy use from cattle, and the mature plants provide good cover and have extensive roots. It is a valuable species for attracting native pollinators. It is visited by native bees and butterflies.
 SEED MIXES    

   
Native XeriscapeTM Mix    
    This mix of native grasses and wildflowers is suited to non-irrigated areas. This mix contains: Idaho Fescue, Blue Flax, Perennial Lupine, Balsamroot, Gaillardia, Evening Primrose, Globemallow, Pearly Everlasting, Prairie Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, and Silky Lupine.
     
Greenbelt PlusTM Mix    
    This mix of native grasses is a good choice for Firewise landscaping in the area 30’-100’ from the house. The species are lower growing, stay greener longer than our native bunchgrasses, and tolerate mowing. This mix contains:Hard Fescue, Streambank Wheatgrass, Sheep Fescue, Canada Bluegrass, Sherman Big Bluegrass.
     

Information on how to handle your plants once you receive them: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/lm_webster_seedling_vigor.pdf