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Salvager happily potting plants

Are you planning to clear some land, but don't want to waste the plants? Have seedlings poppin' up everywhere in your yard? Don't pull 'em up, pot 'em up and donate your native trees and shrubs to the King County Native Plant Holding Facility to be planted at salmon habitat restoration sites around King County.

Here are the guidelines:

Call first! Please contact Cindy Young to make sure we can take your donation.

We ask you to do the digging and potting (thanks!). If you have over 100 plants we will pick them up. Less than 100 plants, we will happily provide you with directions to our holding facility near Sammamish. We will provide pots and soil as needed.

For best chance of survival, plants should be salvaged between November and March.

Plants should be in no larger than a 5-gallon pot and preferably shorter than 6 feet tall.

Some examples of the native species which can be salvaged with a good chance of survival include:


  • Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum)
  • Bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata)
  • Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana)
  • Cottonwood (populus balsamifora)
  • Oregon ash (Fraxinus latifolia)
  • Douglas Fir (Pseutotsuga menziesii)
  • Red Alder (Alnus rubra)
  • Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)
  • Vine Maple (Acer circinatum)
  • Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)
  • Western red cedar (Thuja plicata)


  • Beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)
  • Indian plum (Osmaronia cerasiformis)
  • Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor)
  • Pacific serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
  • Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)
  • Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum)
  • Red osier dogwood (cornus stolonifera)
  • Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis)
  • Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
  • Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)
  • Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

These are only some examples; there are many other native plants we will accept. Plants are used for restoration projects, so native plants only, please.

Please do not hesitate to call Cindy Young if you have any questions about what plants can be salvaged and still survive. Thank you for giving your plants a second chance and for helping to support salmon habitat restoration.

For questions about donating native plants, please contact Cindy Young, Ecologist, WLR Ecological Restoration and Engineering Services Unit.