The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) Nature Center is the home of the John Crock Learning Nursery. If you are interested in planting native plants on the Palouse, the plants in PCEI’s nursery are for sale. The Nursery offers 20+ species of native shrubs and trees. The plants are also used at restoration sites across the Palouse-Clearwater region. The Nursery is open to the public for retail sales during normal business hours.
Individual Plants: 1-gallon $12 each.
Want to buy in bulk? Buy 100 or more $10 each.
The following plants are normally available in our Nursery but availability can vary due to supply and season. Please contact us at 208-882-1444 or firstname.lastname@example.org for current availability.
Saskatoon serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) – Deciduous shrub that can grow up to 15 ft in height. White flowers bloom in early summer and produce red fruit. Likes moist to dry soil and part-to-full sunlight (<80%). Provides food for birds, insects, and mammals.
Common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) – Deciduous shrub that can grow up to 7 ft in height. Pink flowers bloom from May to August and produce white berries in dense clusters. Likes moist to dry soil, well-drained and shallow soil, and part-to-mostly sunny locations (40-60%). Provides shelter for wildlife and nectar for hummingbirds.
Blue elderberry (Sambucus cerulea) – Deciduous shrub that can grow up to 23 ft height. White flowers occur in flat-topped clusters. Likes moist, well-drained sunny spots, especially slopes, canyons, and stream banks.
Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) – Deciduous shrub that can grow up to 15 ft in height. White flowers bloom in mid-spring. Likes moist to dry, well-drained soils, and full sun or part shade.
Golden currant (Ribes aureum) – Deciduous shrub that can grow up to 10 ft in height. Yellow flowers bloom in mid-spring. Likes moderate, moist soils and sunlight.
Douglas spirea (Spiraea douglasii) – Deciduous shrub that can grow up to 7 ft in height. Purple flowers bloom in mid-summer. Likes moist well-drained or wet soils and full sun to slight shade.
Woods’ rose (Rosa woodsii) – A perennial “subshrub” that can grow up to 3 ft in height. Red/pink flowers bloom in late spring. Likes moist to dry soils in woods or shrublands and sunlight.
Nootka rose (Rosa nutkana) – Deciduous shrub that can grow up to 10 ft in height. Pink flowers bloom in May and June. Likes moist to dry soil and mostly sunny spots (ex. upper stream banks, rocky slopes, thickets, and meadows). Provides shelter and food for animals.
Ninebark (Physocarpus malvaceus) – Deciduous shrub that can grow up to 13 ft in height. White flower clusters bloom in May and June. Likes moist to wet soil and part-to-full sunlight. Prefers growing in nutrient rich soils, along streams and rivers, and in open forest/forest edge environments. Provides food for animals.
Syringa (Philadelphus lewisii) – The state flower of Idaho, also called mock-orange, this woody shrub from the hydrangea family grows 4-8 ft in height and produces white flowers. Likes dry to moist rocky soil along streams.
Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor) – Woody shrub that grows up to 13 ft in height. Produces white flowers during May and June. Likes dry to dry or moist soil and plenty of sun. Leaves turn reddish in autumn. Flowers dry and turn brown, staying on the plant through the winter months, which gives the plant its name.
Cascara (Frangula purshiana) – Deciduous tree or shrub that can grow up to 30 ft high. Green or yellow flowers bloom in April and May. Can grow in dry to wet soils. Likes partial sun and shade.
Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) – Coniferous evergreen tree that can grow over 200 ft tall (maximum height of 40 ft after 20 years of growth). Likes dry, open environments and full sun.
Western white pine (Pinus monticola) – Coniferous evergreen tree that can grow quickly and up to 175 ft in height. Likes moist, deep, porous soils – but is also drought tolerant and well adapted to fire.
Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) – Coniferous evergreen tree that can grow up to 200 ft at maturity (maximum height of 40 ft after 20 years of growth). Likes moist soils and is not very drought resistant.
Western larch/tamarack (Larix occidentalis) – Coniferous tree that loses its leaves in autumn. Can grow up to 200 ft in height, but usually is about 150 ft tall when mature. Likes moist to dry soil and full sun.
Black hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii) – This shrub/tree can grow up to 15 ft tall and produces white flowers and black seeds. Hawthorn forms thickets when growing together. Likes moist soils and plenty of sunlight.
Quaking aspen (Populous tremuloides) – Deciduous tree that can grow up to 65 ft in height. Produces blue flowers in mid-spring. Likes moist soils along streams and sunlight.
Water birch (Betula occidentalis) – Deciduous tree that can grow up to 25 ft in height. Yellow flowers bloom in April and May. Likes moist soils of any texture.
Paper birch (Betula papyrifera) – Deciduous tree that can grow up to 100 ft in height (maximum height of 40 ft after 20 years of growth). Yellow flowers bloom in April and May. Likes moist soil, especially boggy or marshy areas.
Rocky mountain maple (Acer glabrum) – Deciduous tree that can grow up to 30 ft in height at maturity. Green flowers bloom in late spring. Likes moderate moist to dry soil.
Thinleaf alder (Alnus incana) – Deciduous tree or shrub that can grow over 10 ft tall. Likes moist soil, especially along waterways.
Western redcedar (Thuja plicata) – Coniferous evergreen tree that can grow up to 200 ft in height (maximum height of 40 ft after 20 years of growth). Likes wet soils, thrives in swamp-like forested areas, poorly drained land, and riparian buffers.
Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii) – Coniferous evergreen tree that can grow up to 100 ft in height, depending on location. Likes wet nutrient-rich soils, high elevations, and partial sun.
Willow (Salix) – PCEI has several varieties of willow, including Mackenzie, Coyote, and Drummond. Willows like to be planted close to water sources or in stream banks.