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Willowell is a strong believer in keeping as many plants as possible in their native habitat. We are constantly working with developers and private land owners to remove native plants before sites are disturbed or developed, and before much of this important genetic material is lost. With this goal in mind, we thought it would be of interest to share with you the plants we look to salvage, when and how they are "dug", and other issues involved in the actual salvage process.

Below you will find two tables focusing on the salvage and propagation process. We hope this will be a good introduction to the salvage process.


Willowell Salvage and Propagation Plant List

Under Development (Like, duhhhh)

Plant TypePlantsSalvage SeasonPropagationNotes

Trees (deciduous)Red Alder, Oregon Ash, Indian Plum, Big Leaf Maple, Vine MapleWinterSeedSeedlings and small speciments are easiest and can be dug nearly any season, especially with rootball and if watered well and perhaps top-pruned. White Oak, Madrone, and Pacific Dogwood are very difficult.

Trees (evergreen)Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western HemlockWinterHardwood Cuttings
(in winter), SeedWillowell currently does not salvage evergreen trees.


Methods of Plant Propagation


  1. Seed
  2. Advantages:




  3. Cuttings
  4. Advantages:


  5. Division (including bulb scaling)
  6. Advantages:


  7. Grafting
  8. Not used in native plant production or restoration. Very expensive. Takes skilled labor. Sometimes the only way to reproduce a plant type. (Often used to produce plants with pest resistant rootstocks.


  9. Micropropagation
  10. Not used in native plant production or restoration. Test tube babies. Expensive. Used to produce large numbers quickly.

Michael Jay Coe
For Willowell Nursery

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