Arboretum plans annual plant sale for May 11, 12

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Arboretum at Penn State has gathered an assortment of trees, shrubs and perennials ideal for growing in central Pennsylvania for its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 and 12.

Offerings include natives like Quercus macrocarpa (bur oak), Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush) and Pycnanthemum muticum (clustered mountain-mint). New-to-the-market selections include Buddleja "Purple Haze" (butterfly-bush), Hydrangea quercifolia "Ruby Slippers" (oak-leaf hydrangea), Hosta "Autumn Frost" (plantain-lily) and Echinacea "Marmalade" (coneflower).

Many of the plants grown in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens will be featured. Among them are shrubs such as Aesculus parviflora (bottlebrush buckeye) and perennials such as Symphyotrichum cordifolium "Avondale" (blue wood aster) and Clematis "Duchess of Albany" (small-flowered clematis). 

To view the plant sale catalog, visit the Arboretum's home page at New in this year's catalog are symbols indicating which plants attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

The Arboretum at Penn State is located at the corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road; for directions, go to

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Last Updated May 09, 2013