NCNLA collaborates with NC State University to support the development of superior landscape plants. The goal of NCNLA's New Plant Program is to introduce new plants that will provide improved business opportunities for NCNLA members. In addition to the introduction of exciting new products for North Carolina's green industry, the program supports the continued development of association products and services to benefit NCNLA members.  

Two varieties are currently available for commercial production along with marketing support from our program partner, Star Roses & Plants. Both Little Ruby Dogwood™ and Carolina SweetheartRedbud were developed by Dr. Thomas Ranney of NC State University. Dr. Ranney is a distinguished NCSU CALS professor of horticultural science, stationed at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River.



For more information on how to become a producer of NCNLA-sponsored plants, please contact Bradd Yoder, Director of Sales for Star Roses & Plants, at, or by phone at (410) 703-3090.