Before the development of the nursery industry, native plants were the only choice for landscape plantings. Early settlers transplanted dogwood, redbud, oak-leaf hydrangea and other plants with appealing qualities from the woods into their landscapes. Harvesting native plants from the wild for landscape purposes is no longer acceptable.
A native plant community, left undisturbed and incorporated into a landscape, is low-maintenance and self-sufficient. Today, there is a growing interest in preserving native landscapes as “green space” in residential communities, giving them a park-like ambiance and providing space for birds and other wildlife.
This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines. It does not include all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. (2014) by Gary Wade, Ph.D., Extension Horticulturist (Retired); Elaine Nash, Naturalist; Ed McDowell, Master Gardener, Amateur Botanist and Wildflower Photographer; Brenda Beckham, Master Gardener and Plant Enthusiast Sharlys Crisafulli, Horticulture Program Assistant. Reviewed by Bodie Pennisi, Extension Floriculture Specialist.