Landscaping with Natives

Are you ready to plant some natives?  Maybe you want to replace your Crepe Myrtle or boxwoods, add a good looking specimen to your yard or cover an ugly bare hill to control erosion. It can be difficult to chose what plants to use if you aren’t familiar with them.  Help is here. Photos of natives that have been planted in this area are shown.  It shows how they have been used by Forsyth Audubon in its plantings and by some of your fellow members at their homes.  Photos show the plants at various stages and seasons, including in bloom, and closeups of the flowers and fruit. Thanks to Jean Chamberlain, Lisa Gould, Don Lendle, and Cara Woods for contributing photos.

Photo by Cara Woods

Visit for a list of suggested native trees, shrubs and perennials with helpful information on each.

Small trees

Downy Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea

Serviceberry Amelanchier canadensis

Pawpaw Asimina triloba

Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis

White Fringetree Chionanthus virginicus

American Hazelnut Corylus americana

Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida

Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana

American Holly Ilex opaca

Magnolia Magnolia virginiana/Magnolia grandiflora

Sourwood Oxydendrum arboreum

Coming soon:

Silky Dogwood Cornus amomum


Bottlebush Buckeye Aesculus parviflora

Red Buckeye Aesculus pavia

Red Chokeberry Aronia arbutifolia

American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana

Sweetshrub/Carolina Allspice Calycanthus floridus

New Jersey Tea Ceanothus americanus

Sweetpepper Bush/Summersweet Clethra alnifolia

Bush Honeysuckle Diervilla rivularis

Strawberry Bush/Hearts -a-bustin Euonymus americanus

Witch Alder Fothergilla major

Shrubby St. John’s-wort and Bushy St John’s-wort Hypericum prolificum/densiflorum/frondosum

Deciduous Holly Ilex decidua

Inkberry Ilex glabra

Winterberry Holly Ilex verticillata

Virginia Sweetspire Itea virginica

Yaupon Holly Ilex vomitoria

Dwarf Yaupon Holly Ilex vomitoria

Doghobble Leucothoe fontanesiana

Spicebush Lindera benzoin

Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius

Flame Azalea Rhododendron calendulaceum

Pinxter Azalea Rhododendron periclymenoides

Staghorn Sumac Rhus typhina

Elderberry Sambucus canadensis

American Arborvitae Thuja occidentalis

Highbush/Rabbiteye Blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum/ashei

Mapleleaf Viburnum Viburnum acerifolium

Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum

Possumhaw Viburnum Viburnum nudum

Blackhaw Viburnum Viburnum prunifolium

Coming soon (when they flower):

Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis,
Hydrangea – Abetwo Hydrangea aborescens, American Holly Ilex opaca,
Mountain Laurel Kalmia latifolia, Rhododendron Rhododendron catawbiense,
Fragrant Sumac Rhus aromatica, Smooth Sumac Rhus glabra,


Yellow/Carolina Jessamine Gelsemium sempervirens

Coral/Trumpet Honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens

Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Coming soon: American Groundnut Apios americana

Ground Covers

Green-and-gold Chrysogonum virginianum

Woodland phlox Phlox stolonifera

Creeping Moss Phlox Phlox subulata

Partridge-berry/Checkerberry Mitchella repens


Fringed leaf sedge Carex crinita

Pennsylvania Sedge Carex pensylvanica

River oats Chasmanthium latifolium

Switchgrass Panicum virgatum

Little Bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium