The Muskoka Lakes Association’s 2017 Seedling Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Port Carling Community Centre. Again this year, MLA staff will be on-site, distributing pre-ordered plant species. Native waterfront plants prevent shoreline erosion and improve water quality.
We have had requests for different offerings, so again this year we are including a complete habitat planting for monarch butterflies or bees. Each selection includes a mix of native wildflowers chosen to provide food for pollinators or butterflies. All plants are second year and come in a tray with 38 plug inserts. Supplies will be limited, so order early!
The deadline to order seedlings is May 5, 2017.
Plants available for 2017
Monarch & Pollinator Garden (Native) - should be planted in at least partial sun
Species may include: Common milkweed, swamp milkweed, butterfly milkweed, boneset, joe pyeweed, dense blazing star, wild bergamot, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia, black eyed susan, new England aster, showy tick trefoil and Virginia mountain mint.
Red Oak (Native deciduous) - Quercus rubra
Beautiful large tree, excellent for landscape use and timer. Prefers sand/loam soils, with a well to moderate drainage. Red Oaks should be planted in a full sun to partial shade environment. Squirrels and wild turkeys are attracted to the acorns. Can grow up to 24 meters.
“Looking forward, it is thought that Red Oak may be a good candidate in the battle against climate change as it is the hearty nature of this tree’s ability to establish, grow and thrive in harsher conditions that could make this species well suited in our forests with ever increasing temperature regimes. It will also be an important species to counteract the devastating impacts of the Beech Bark Disease currently killing our American beech in the Parry Sound/Muskoka area, as Red Oak is considered second to American beech in terms of importance as a mast species for wildlife such as deer and bear.” *
River Birch (Native deciduous) - Betula nigra
Resistance to bronze birch borer. Light creamy brown bark that peels in shaggy pieces. Tolerates most climates and soils, but prefers moist soils.
White Pine (Native evergreen) - Pinus strobus
This is a rapid growing tree with wide spreading lateral roots and is an important nesting and perching tree. This tree achieves a maximum height of 30 meters in dry or moist conditions. A shore stabilization tree, it requires a sunny or part-shade environment.
White Spruce (Native evergreen) - Picea Glauca
White Spruce grow on a variety of soils under a wide range of conditions. This includes moist or wet conditions in the sun or part-sun. It can be used for shore stabilization. Needles are short and light green in colour. Excellent for Christmas trees, windbreaks and landscape. They can grow up to 24 meters.
White Cedar (Native evergreen) - Thuja occidentalis
Narrow growing. Makes excellent hedging plants. Dark green foliage. Grows in wet areas, but tolerates most soils. Better in sand, loam, clay types of soil; it can grow up to 15 meters.
Canadian Hemlock (Native evergreen) - Tsuga canadensis
Short light green needles. Likes moist soils, and grows in sun and is shade tolerant. One of the most beautiful evergreens. Can grow to 70’ or pruned to 12’.
Red Osier Dogwood (Native deciduous shrub) - Cornus sericea
Noted for its red branches, great background with snow. Produces small white flowers and white berries. Should be planted in a dry to moist sand/loam/clay soil; full sun to partial shade. Red osier dogwoods can grow up to 3 meters and are excellent for erosion control.
American Elderberry (Native deciduous shrub) - Sambucus canadenis
Very popular for wildlife and shelterbelts. Prefers moist soils. Fruit is very popular for jams, jellies and wine. Fruit is also attractive to birds.
Common Lilac (Native deciduous shrub) - Syringa vulgaris
Fragrant lilac with purple bloom in May. Excellent for screen and windbreaks.
Ostrich Fern (Native perennials)
This fern is deer resistant, and should be planted in a moist sand/slit soil, with partial shade/sun exposure. It strives along streams and riverbanks and in moist forested sites.