Updated: Dec 28, 2021
The 2022 Seedling Sale is a great way to acquire native trees and shrubs but unfortunately some of the trees and shrubs they are selling are no where near being native to even North America. Just because it's the New York State DEC, doesn't mean it's going to be a native plant. They are responsible for some of the invasive issues we have here on Long Island. For example, all of the Euonymous species, Hedera helix (English Ivy), Rosa rugosa (Rugosa rose) and others they have planted on the sides of the highways and medians. The most recent is the median along Veteran's Highway! Well, enough of my rant, read on for helpful information when picking your plants. The above link is the catalog for the sale.
DEC List - The ones to stay away from during their 2022 sale.
Malus pumila - Wild Apple - native to Eurasia
Sorbus aucuparia (European Mountain Ash ) - very misleading to newbies to native plants, not enough
information to make an educated decision...what is the species? Most likely non-native, since they can't nail down the species!
Populus deltoides x Populus sp. - Poplar Hybrid - Hybrid cultivar, most likely hybridized with European or Asian Poplar species. If it can't be narrowed down...step away!
Wildlife Habitat Shrubs/Small Trees:
Amelanchier sp. - Serviceberry. Steer clear of this one too as the species is not listed so it is most likely a hybrid or not native to North America.
Viburnum opulus - European Highbush Cranberry - on the invasive list, from Eurasia! Unless it says, Viburnum opulus var. americanum (and it doesn't), this is not our American native.
Rosa rugosa - invasive!!!! Do NOT plant this!!!!! It even says in their description it cannot be sold in NYC, Long Island and Albany Pine Bush areas! Why is this on their list and why are they selling it at all!!!!! They should be ashamed for promoting it. Plant our native Rosa virginiana or Rosa carolina instead. (pic: native Rosa carolina)
Salix purpurea ‘Streamco’ - Streamco Purpleosier - hybrid cultivar of Salix purpurea (native to Eurasia) and on the invasive list for Northeast US. Explain to me why a cultivar of it would be okay? Plant Salix discolor - Pussy Willow or Salix nigra - Black Willow.
Larix decidua - European Larch - native to Europe
Larix kaempferi - Japanese Larch - native to Japan
Pinus nigra - Austrian Pine - native to Europe
Pinus sylvestris - Scotch Pine - native to Eurasia
Picea abies - Norway Spruce - native to Europe