Check out the list of plants for sale at this year's Spring Plant Sale

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Mark your calendar! – Saturday, April 18, 2015 – UCSC Arboretum Eucalyptus Grove
Plant Sale

10am – Noon for members of Friends of the Arboretum
and California Native Plant Society
Noon – 4pm for the general public

Not a member of the Arboretum or CNPS and want to get in early?
Join the Friends of the Arboretum on our website; memberships for both organizations will be available at the gate on the day of the sale

The Spring Plant Sale List is available on line!

Our plant sales are wonderful opportunities to take some of the dazzling color of the Arboretum home. We will post an extensive list of plants for sale here a few days before the event.

The sale is the best place to get water-wise small trees, shrubs, flowers and succulents and the information about caring for them. You will find plenty of California natives and unique varieties found no other place. Arboretum experts will be on hand to help you find plants right for your gardens that will save water, attract wildlife and look beautiful in your garden. Featured this year is the California native Arctostaphylos pumila, a Monterey Bay endemic manzanita. Also featured are water-wise Banksia ericifolia 'Fireworks', Boronia heterophylla, Darwinia citriodora 'Seaspray', and Hakea salicifolia 'Gold Medal'. In limited quantities, the popular Telopea ‘Fireball’ will also be available!

We will be highlighting our most drought tolerant plants at this spring’s sale including California natives, succulents, and plants from Australia and South Africa. If you are looking to replace plants you may have lost during the freezing temperatures in early December or are considering replacing a lawn with an attractive low maintenance/low water usage landscaping, come to the sale for plant suggestions and growing advice.

Two treasures that may sell out in the members’ sale are red telopeas and deep sky blue lechenaultias. Telopeas are gorgeous, shrubby, Australian members of the protea family.

One of Telopea X ‘Fireball's’the parents, Telopea speciossima, was used in the winner’s bouquets at the Sydney Olympics. Telopeas are drought tolerant, but do prefer cool roots. Paint your black pots white or plant in the ground where the roots will get afternoon shade.

Blue is such an uncommon color in plants that people will often fudge the definition of blue. For example, the “blue hibiscus” is clearly purple. Some of the “blue roses” are barely pale lavender. However, the lechenaultias we are selling are true blues. In the distant past, we may have sold a few of these as Lechenaultia – deep blue Moora named after a small town in West Australia.

We are formalizing the name of this rock garden selection as Lechenaultia biloba ‘Ray’s Moora,’ incorporating the place name and the name of the late Ray Collett, who with Australian horticulturists, Rodger and Gwen Elliot, are responsible for getting the plants to the U.S.

Here's a short list of some of the plants featured at the 2015 spring plant sale

  • Adenanthos cuneatus ’Coral Drift’
  • Arctostaphlos pumila
  • Banksia ericifolia ‘Fireworks’
  • Banksia speciosa
  • Boronia heterophylla
  • Darwinia citriodora ‘Seaspray’
  • Erica cerinthoides ‘Scarlet Santa Cruz’
  • Grevillea nudiflora ‘Medusa’
  • Hakea salicifolia ‘Gold Medal’
  • Lechenaultia biloba ‘Ray’s Moora’
  • Leucadendron argenteum
  • Leucospermum bolusii
  • Leucospermum cordifolium — various colors
  • Protea cynaroides
  • Puya berteroniana
  • Romneyii coulteri
  • Salvia ‘Dara’s Choice’
  • Telopea ‘Fireball’

A complete list of plants for sale at this year's spring plant sale is here.