Native Haunts Plant List
as of Nov 25, 2020.
-Due to the COVID-19 situation,
the nursery will be closed to visitors until further notice.
Only curb side pick-ups on pre-paid orders will be allowed.
-Many items are sold out at this point in the season.
More will be available for this coming spring.
-We now have Black tupelo available as well as more Choke cherry,
Choke berry, Elderberry, and Bush honeysuckle.
Shrubbery and Trees
- Acer pennsylvanicum, Striped Maple
- Small under story tree/shrub of upland forests; waxy ultra smooth green bark with beautifully contrasting vertical whitish stripes running up the trunk.
Ideal specimen plant for the shade garden; in certain areas this species is undeniably a tree at 6"-10' in diameter and 20-30 feet high,
this has always mystified me as it is most commonly found as a shrub that is no more then 6-10 feet high, maybe someday I will find a good
explanation for this giant sizing. Can grow in dry acidic coniferous forests as well as moister soils in deciduous forests. The leaves
are maple-tree palmate, almost tropical looking, larger then you would expect, all the better to collect light in their understory position I
4-5 gal size; some up to 6 feet tall; $20.00
- Amelanchier canadensis, Shadbush
- Small tree/large shrub; produces numbers or bright white flowers in the early spring before much else
is going on; birds have a feast on the red berries that come out later in the summer;
attractive smooth gray bark; does best in part sun, rich loamy soils with ample moisture.
1 gal size, 6"-8" tall $10.00;
- Aronia melanocarpa, Black chokeberry
- Highly adaptable shrub, growing in both saturated wetlands and bone dry sandy soils,
tends to remain more compact in the latter; tart berries are loaded with beneficial phytochemicals;
dark colored anthers contrast against bright white flower petals.
2'-3' high, nicely branched, $14.00;
- Carpinus caroliniana, Muscle wood or Blue beech.
- Small understory tree or large shrub of forested floodplains and moist forests;
vertically contoured striated wood looks like flexed muscles.
3-5 gal size, $20.00 (SOLD OUT)
- Cephalanthus occidentalis, Button bush
- Grows in wetland areas full sun to nearly full shade, masses of spherical flower clusters attract a stunning
number of pollinators, particularly attractive to large butterflies like Fritillaries and Yellow swallowtails; does quite well
in upland soils but needs good amount of shade and organic rich soils.
1 gal size $8.00; (SOLD OUT)
- Cornus racemosa, Gray dogwood,
- Medium height shrub that can cover a lot of area when mature, planted en masse they will form
large patches; prefer loamy soils with ample moisture; berries are an important food source for birds.
3 gal size, $15.00; (SOLD OUT)
- Corylus americana, American hazlenut
- Small to medium multi-stem shrub of sunny to partly shaded open areas;
Nuts are produced in multiples of 2 or 3 in distinctive wrinkly husks;
beloved by all manner of wildlife such as turkeys, squirrels, bears
and many more I suspect.
1 gal size, $12.00; (SOLD OUT)
- Diervilla lonicera, Bush honeysuckle
- Native low growing species of honeysuckle, found in shade to sun, but almost always dry poor soils
(who hasn't got those conditions in at least a few places on their property?); attractive yellow flowers turn orange
after they are pollinated.
2-3 ft high, $14.00
- Dirca palustris, Leatherwood, Wicopy
- A slow growing, shy, lilliputian shrub of rich deciduous forests; never common, it tends to grow in small colonies were many specimens
take on a bonsai like appearance; wood is flexible and pliable, it is said that Native Americans would used the bark in
place of leather to make sandals and such; flowers in early spring before leaves expand.
2 gal size, 8" tall; $20.00 (SOLD OUT)
- Hamamelis virginiana, Witch hazel
- Tall multi-stemmed understory shrub of deciduous forests;
leaves have been used for centuries as a powerful astringent;
crepe paper like pastel yellow flowers come in late fall,
often lasting until snow fall.
3-5 gal, $12.00-$18.00; (SOLD OUT)
- Ilex verticillata, Winterberry
- Wetland shrub that produces a blazing crop of bright red berries that last well into the winter.
Like many of our wetland species, winterberry will happily grow in upland landscapes, albeit with a
shorter stature; male and female plants, only the females will produce berries. I have isolated female
plants that will still set berries with no near-by males, evidently pollinators must fly far and wide when plants
are in flower.
1-2 gal size; (SOLD OUT)
- Juniperus virginiana, Eastern red cedar
- Medium sized conifer tolerant of poor sandy and salty soils; found growing on the coastline
here in southern Maine, the further south you go the more common it becomes inland; full sun.
1-2 gal size, 12" tall; $12.00;
- Lindera benzoin, Spicebush
- Rare in southern Maine, becoming increasingly common the further south you travel; likes shady wetlands with a
forest canopy that diffuses most of the light that comes through; profusion of dainty pretty yellow flowers comes out in April and May
followed by bright red fruit in late August that is beloved by many birds; un-sexed male and female plants, both will give you the flowers
but only females will fruit; walking through spicebush hollows it is apparent that there are many more males then females; leaves and fruit
have that fresh spicy scent that is somewhere between nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves.
1 gal size, $12.00 (CROP FAILURE-NOT AVAILABLE)
- Lonicera canadensis, Fly honeysuckle
- Yes, we do have native honeysuckle species, and this one is rarely offered in the trade. Unlike its invasive cousins
this wonderful understory shrub leads a quiet existence in the forest shadows; will tolerate some sun but does best in shade.
This has spring ephemeral qualities-the leaves and flowers come out before most trees show signs of life, and the fruit is set
just about the time tree leaves have fully expanded.
1 gallon, $15.00 (SOLD OUT)
- Nyssa sylvatica, Black gum, Tupelo
- At the northern end of its range here in southern Maine, black tupelo occurs in those mysterious pocket swaps that can be
found here in there in the woods; chunky gnarled bark on mature trees was said to be carved into buttons back in olden days,
hence the name button bark. Never common, its preferred haunts are wetlands that are more shrub-scrub then forested, but in
cultivation it will grow well in upland soils; positively electric red foliage in the autumn; male and female trees, the females
produce blue cigar shaped fruit that attracts lots of wild life in September-October; very unique jumbo bonsai like profile on mature trees.
- 2-3 ft high, $15.00
- Prunus maritima, Beach plum
- Dune dwelling shrub of the Atlantic coast; will grow in the salty sandy bare bones beach sand
to rich garden loam; provides food for many animal species; plums in the fall can be made into jams,
not terribly tasty right off the branch; needs full sun; anything less stunts growth.
2-3 gal, $12.00;(SOLD OUT)
- Prunus pumila, Dwarf sand plum
- Best described as a very low growing, ground hugging miniature beach plum of sorts; thrives in sandy poor soils
found along roadsides, freshwater beaches, and gravelly sand bars along rivers. A good plant for attracting pollinators
and feeding wildlife; another native that is poorly known but deserves a chance in our landscapes.
1 gal size, 6-8" plants $12.00
- Prunus virginina, Chokecherry
- Suckering colonial shrub producing drooping strings of ruby red cherries in mid Summer,
savored by birds and mammals of all sizes; excellent hedge species; prefers loamy upland soil
in full to part sun.
2-3ft high, $14.00
- Rosa virginiana, Virginia rose
- Native rose species tolerant of sandy, salty, poor soils, salt spray from ocean; this is a good native replacement
for that ubiquitous beach rose; doesn't form those impenetrable hedges that beach rose does; amiable to loamy, better
garden soils too; good choice for those "hell strip areas" right next to the road that get sand, salt, soil compaction
and beatings from the snow plow.
1-5 gal size, $10.00-$15.00; (SOLD OUT)
- Sambucus canadensis, Elderberry
- Likes sun to part shade, loamy soils with good moisture retention; flowers attract lots of pollinators and berries
feed lots of birds; elderberry has a very impressive list of health and nutritive benefits that have been utilized for
centuries including proven protection against colds and flu; a suckering cane-type shrub that will form small colonies.
2-3 ft high, $14.00;
- Salix bebbiana, Beaked willow
- Shrub or small tree of moist to wet places including wet ditches, swamps, and wetlands, often found growing with other willow species;
fast growing multi-stem species capable of forming large colonies; great plant for stabilizing any matter of lake or stream shore from erosion;
leaves are hairy and pale green on the under side. Willows support an enormous variety of lepidopterous larvae, that in turn feed newly hatched
chicks in the spring when large amounts of high quality protein are at a premium. According to Wikipedia; "This is the most important species of
diamond willow, a type of willow which produces fine, colorful wood used for carving."
1 gal size, well rooted cuttings $10.00; 6 available
- Salix discolor, Pussy willow
- This classic harbinger of spring, the pussy willow, is pleased to grow in a variety of soil types and moisture regimes;
the fuzzy pussy cat toes that emerge in March are the developing flower clusters that will serve the reproductive needs of
the species. Willows support an enormous variety of lepidopterous larvae, that in turn feed newly hatched chicks in the spring
when large amounts of high quality protein are at a premium.
1 gal size, well rooted cuttings $12.00' 10 available
- Spiraea tomentosum, Meadowsweet
- Typically associated with wetland meadow areas, but will grow well in upland soils; full to part sun.
Spikes of frothy pink flowers attract lots of pollinators; fuzzy light green leaves; looks great planted in patches/drifts.
1-2gal size 12"+ tall; 12.00 (SOLD OUT)
- Allium tricoccum, Ramps, Wild leeks
- Highly sought after wild onion that grows in alluvial flood plains; rare in Maine, this species is more
common further south; ours are grown from West Virginia collected seed; needs full shade and rich organic soils;
pairs of broad bright green leaves come out in early spring, but die back in summer when the flowers come out.
$5.00 per plant.
- Aquilegia canadensis, Wild Columbine
- Unique flower shape attractive to early season butterflies and hummingbirds; great for the
shade garden and woodland rock gardens, doing well in pockets of loamy soil; will tolerate some sun
but does best in at least part shade; spreads in the garden by seed when in a happy place.
1 gal, $10.00; (SOLD OUT)
- Chelone glabra, Turtlehead
- Found growing in wetlands often in shady spots, does just as well in upland areas in cultivation;
Despite the closed structure of the flower it attracts a lot of butterflies and other pollinators
3-5 gallon size, $15.00 (SOLD OUT)
- Clematis virginiana, Virgins bower
- Native clematis species bearing a thick blanket of dime sized flowers in mid-summer; fantastic plant for
pollinating insects. You can let amble over the ground to produce a ground cover or give it a trellis
to climb on.
1 gal size, $12.00 (SOLD OUT)
- Geranium maculatum, Cranesbill
- Wonderful native geranium with pastel pink flowers; prefers the ecotonal area between field and forest
where it gets part sun and part shade; will naturalize in an area over the years; competes well with grass.
1 gal, $10.00; (SOLD OUT)
- Iris veriscolor, Wild iris, Blue flag
- These spectacular purple blooms set my wet meadow ablaze every summer, they catch your eye from hundreds of feet away.
These wild irises will grow in upland soils that are enriched with high amounts of organic matter and a bit less sun then what they
favor in their preferred, wetter haunts.
Cup-sized rhizhomes, $12.00; (SOLD OUT)
- Onoclea sensibilis, Sensitive fern
- Great ground cover for moist open areas; palm sized fronds add interest to the landscape.
5.00 per clump; (SOLD OUT)
- Solidago caesia, Blue stem goldenrod
- A shade seeking goldenrod lurking in the forest shadows; rather short arching blueish stems; flowers are born along the stems,
instead of a terminal head like most other goldenrods.
3-5 gallon size, $15.00; (SOLD OUT)
- Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, New England aster
- Dazzling purples and pinks light up the roadsides in late summer and early fall, beautiful AND functional as
the flowers attract scores of butterflies and other pollinators including monarchs; does best in LESS fertile, dry
to moist soils, higher fertility tends to produce bolting and consequent falling over of the plants, hiding
those pretty flowers from view.
2-3gal pots, $12.00-$15.00; (SOLD OUT)
How to order plants
You can get your plants in a number of convenient ways. We can ship you plants via United Parcel Service (UPS) if you live far away. We can deliver your plants to you if you live near-by (There is a minimum order requirement or delivery fee added on if you live more then 1/2 hour away). You can stop by and chat, browse our selection and pick out your plants at the nursery, but please call ahead, as we do not have regular hours.
E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) us with the plants that you would like, I will respond promptly with plant availability. I find this system works well because it avoids the disappointment of sending in for a plant your really, really want, only to find out a couple weeks later when the order comes in that it is out of stock. E-mailing me with your request is like taking a ticket at the deli counter- it ensures your place in line and gets you the plants you want.
Mail in your order. Print out the Native Haunts Plant Order Form (in PDF format), fill out and mail.
Call in your order: 1-207-604-8655.
Shipping and Handling Costs
This is based on each individual order. For a rough estimate, figure on about 20% of the total order.
We accept Visa, Master Card, and Discover credit cards.
Paypal and payment by check is accepted.
Good old fashioned cash works too, but for pick-up only.
Nomenclature, or naming, follows Flora Novae Angliae, 2011 by Arthur Haines and the New England Wildflower Society. Synonyms, abbreviated syn, are included when appropriate for previous names that folks may be more familiar with. Of course, these are the same plants, but with new names to try and learn. Botanists love to change names around on us, but it is usually for good reason. Although botanical reshuffling has happened since the time of Linneaus, now-a-days it's due to new findings at the molecular level which reveals relationships that may not have been so obvious using traditional classification systems.
Last updated on November 25, 2020.