Our Native Plants


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We have five or more of most species of plants, but some plants may be limited in quantity and there may be small quantities available of plants not listed.

Native Plants for Maryland and Beyond

Herring Run Nursery specializes in growing native plants for Maryland’s Coastal Plain and Piedmont Regions.  Many of these plants grow naturally throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. We carry nearly 150 species of hard-to-find native shrubs, vines, and trees as well as dozens of native perennials.  We strive to offer native plants which are beautiful, durable, high in wildlife value, and appropriate for Baltimore area landscapes.

The majority of our plants are grown from seed, using local sources as much as possible.  We believe that plants grown from seeds collected in local or nearby populations will be better adapted to our soils, our climate, and our ecosytems. If you require specific information about the provenance of a particular plant we grow, we will be happy to provide as much detail as we are able to.

We also grow a small number of native plant cultivars due to their appeal to retail customers and their suitability for urban landscapes.  Most of these cultivars are propagated through cuttings or division, though some cultivars will grow “true” from seed.

Plant sizes

Most of our woody plants are grown in 1, 2, or 3 gallon containers: sizes that you can fit into a sedan and plant easily. Their heights vary from one foot to 5 ft.  Our trees vary in size from a one gallon container that is two feet tall to a ten gallon 10′ tall ‘Princeton’ American elm (Ulmus americana).

We sell our perennials typically in quart or gallon containers.

Growth Practices

Our plants are grown in containers using a soil-less nursery mix.  This mix contains a custom blend of aged pine bark, yard-wasted compost, sand, and perlite.  We prefer to use natural slow-release fertilizers but sometimes employ time-released synthetic fertilizers. We do not systematically or routinely use herbicides or pesticides in growing our plants, but may selectively treat plants as required.


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