Native Plant Rescue Event

On 5/8/21, Saturday, 9:00 am – 11:00 pm. South Wake Conservationists will be having a native plant rescue on Duke Energy property in New Hill, NC near the intersection of US-1 S and New Hill Holleman Rd. We are rescuing these plants because the land is going to be developed. There are about 40 native Buttonbushes, many Chickasaw Plum shrubs and possibly other native plants that will be dug up and donated to the Harris Lake County Park nearby. Volunteers can take some native plants for themselves if they have a place to plant them.

The Buttonbush, scientific name of Cephalanthus occidentalis, is a deciduous shrub that grows 5 to 12 ft. high with a 4 to 8 ft. spread. It is easily grown in moist to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees and provides nectar for pollinators. Songbirds and waterfowl eat seeds and it is moderately deer resistant.

The Chickasaw Plum, scientific name of Prunus angustifolia, is usually a shrub that may grow 15 feet tall. In early spring, small, 5-petaled, white flowers mature in clumps. The small tree produces a 1/2-inch, yellow to red drupe that matures in summer. The Chickasaw plum grows best in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. This plant is adaptable to wide range of growing conditions and soils. Thickets provide good cover for songbirds and small mammals year round. This plant provides nectar for pollinators and is a larval host plant for several species of butterflies.

If you wish to participate in the plant rescue, please RSVP below and more specific information on the location and what to bring will be provided. You may contact Chad Chandler, 919-455-4113 or Guy Gardner, 919-250-8441 with questions.

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