Native Plant Sale 
Welcome to our community fundraiser

April 1st, 2021 to April 30th, 2021
All profits will go back to community projects.


The plants sold are straight native species grown from seeds that have been ethically sourced.

The prices listed include all applicable tax and delivery to one of three designated pickup locations.

How it works

1. Choose native plants suited to your yard. Use the Catalog which includes Habitat and Growing Guides. If you order 4 of the same plant, we will add one surprise plant for free!

2. Use our convenient fillable order form below to place your order 

3. Once availability is confirmed, we will get in touch with you and arrange for an e-transfer.

If e-transfer is not possible, alternate payment arrangements may be made.

4. Deadline for all orders is April 30th.

5. We will notify you via email when plants arrive and schedule a safe porch pick up.

6. Pick up your plants after May 20th on a scheduled date and time from one of three pickup locations in the areas of:

a. Kingston Road and St. Clair

b. Ossington and Dupont

c. Avenue Road and Lawrence Avenue.

Native plants are in high demand this year. To avoid disappointment, place your order early! We will place orders on a weekly basis with April 30th as the final deadline for orders.

Habitat and Growing Guide (Plant Catalog)

Plants with the Butterfly-logo have been tested by us and are highly recommended because they are easy to grow and have high value for wildlife. These plants can create the base of your pollinator patch or a native plant garden to support bees, birds and butterflies. By planting them you will notice a big difference in wildlife activity. Easy to grow plants are very forgiving regarding soil and sun requirements and are a perfect choice to start a new pollinator patch.

Prairie Plants do best in full sun and will develop deep roots and are therefore very water efficient.

Some Woodland Plants will require rich soil to survive. Soil can be built by leaving the leaves, adding broken off sticks and branches on the soil and avoiding compacting it by not stepping onto the bed.

Wetland Edge Plants will thrive in rain gardens but will do well in a regular garden setting when watered as needed.

Within a category plants are organized by bloom time to make it easier to select plants for continuous bloom.

All plants are perennials unless otherwise stated.

It is best for pollinators to plant about three of the same plants in proximity. It is also more pleasing to the eye.

We curated a list of 57 different native plants for you to chose from. Click the Plant Catalog to unveil.


Growing Trees From Seed


Easy To Grow Trees

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White and Red Oaks


Sugar and Silver Maples

Maples coming soon

Eastern Redbud

Redbud coming soon

Choke Cherry

Cherries coming soon
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What different cultures and generations say about trees

Thank you for the overwhelming participation!

Together we are building high quality habitat for pollinators and birds by planting native plants. 

The sale is now closed. Stay tuned for our next sale.

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~ Nelson Henderson

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. ~ Greek Proverb

A good tree can lodge ten thousand birds. ~ Myanmar Proverb

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~ Cree Proverb

When we plant a tree, we are doing what we can to make our planet a more wholesome and happier dwelling-place for those who come after us if not for ourselves. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. ~ Warren Buffett

Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other’s company. Only a few love to be alone. ~ Jens Jensen

All our wisdom is stored in the trees. ~ Santosh Kalwar

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky, we fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Old trees in their living state are the only things that money cannot command. ~ Walter Savage Landor

He who plants a tree Plants a hope. ~ Lucy Larcom

A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity. ~ Alexander Smith

If a tree dies, plant another in its place. ~ Carl Linnaeus

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come. ~ Chinese Proverb



Thank you for participating in our Spring sale. Find the information about the ordered plants in the


Become a Native Plant Ambassador


Spread The Word!

We are a brand new organization and need your help.

Please let the community know and spread the word through social media. Follow us on Instagram @CliffcrestButterflyway

Please share these links for our website


our Facebook Page

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Take Action

 In the time of COVID-19

Our main aim is to get the community together. Circumstances, however, make this impossible at the moment. While we practice social distancing we need to find new ways to transform our community.

Creating a pollinator patch in your own front yard or garden is a wonderful way to contribute to our community of humans and bees alike.

Please join the Cliffcrest Butterflyway Facebook group to connect, post ideas or information, get information, exchange seeds, and take action.

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Shrubs are essential for birds, providing cover and nutritious berries.

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An adaptable large shrub/small tree that provides attractive fall colour and supports wildlife. Can be pruned as a single-stem tree or naturalized to form multi-stemmed shrubs. Flowers in spring are a great source of pollen and nectar. Small round, sweet berries ripen early in summer. Over 40 species of birds feed on the berries. 


Height:15-25 ft 

Width 15-25 ft    

Very adaptable to full sun and partial shade,

moist to dry soil of various types.


Grey Dogwood

An adaptable, hardy shrub with creamy white flowers in early summer, white berries on pink stems and purple-red leaves in the fall.

Slow growing, thicket-forming through suckers.

The grey dogwood is a host plant for the caterpillars of the beautiful Polyphemus Moth. The Spring Azure butterfly lays her eggs on the flower buds and her caterpillars feed on the plant.

 Berries attract Northern Cardinals, Goldfinches, Yellow Warblers and many other birds. The multi-stemmed, thicket-forming growth provides a safe nesting place for many birds. 

Large Shrub
Height: 15 ft
Width: 15 ft    
Able to grow in full sun to full shade,
in wet to dry soil conditions of various type.


Flowering Purple Raspberry

A small fast-growing shrub with large fragrant rose-like flowers. It is suitable for various conditions. Arching, mounded, thicket-forming. 

Provides extreme high value for songbirds and small mammals. The berries and thicket forming growth. Attracts all sized bees with its fragrant flowers. The hollow stems provide ideal natural nesting sites for native stem nesting bees.

Height: 5+ ft    
Width: 8+ ft    
Grows in full sun to partial shade,
in moist to dry soils of various types.

Bush Honeysuckle

A hardy shrub with small yellow trumpet-shaped flowers tolerant of various conditions.

Mounded, Multi-stemmed, Thicket-forming. Bees, butterflies and other pollinators love the plant’s nectar and pollen. Check out the great article about honeysuckle on


Height: 3 ft    

Width: 3 ft    

Grows in full sun to partial shade,

in moist to dry soils of various types.

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 Available Trees 

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White Swamp Oak

The swamp white oak is a hardy, magnificent shade tree with a broad rounded crown and uniquely bicoloured leaves that are shiny and dark green on the surface and lighter on the underside. This tree lives up to 350 years and is, like all oaks, the most beneficial plant you can add to your yard for wildlife, especially birds. The leaves are an abundant food source for over 500 different caterpillars, essential for a functioning food web. E.g. one pair of chickadees needs 9000 caterpillars within the six weeks of raising their young. And oaks will produce them. To better understand how vital oaks are for our ecology, especially for birds, watch Doug Tallamy's presentation. The leaves turn a beautiful orange and red in fall; once fallen, the leaves are better mulch than wood chips. They likewise don't decompose during one season. Still, they are loose enough to offer habitat to firefly larvae, bumblebee queens, and many other beneficial insects during winter, and they are said to repel slugs and grubs.  

Their acorns are the sweetest of all oaks and offer an abundant food source for small mammals, birds like ducks, turkeys, Blue Jays, and even beavers and black bears. Blue Jays hide over 100 viable acorns up to one mile away from the mother tree every day for a month, making them the number one planter of oaks. Older trees often have cavities that provide shelter and nesting sites for birds and mammals. Check out the great article by Brenna Anstett.


Height: 60+ ft

Width: 60+ ft   

Full sun to partial shade 

Variety of soil types 

Tolerates seasonal flooding

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Sugar Maple

A large shade tree with yellow-green leaves turns an attractive yellow-orange or red in the fall. Slow growing and long-lived, can live for more than 200 years. Maples are among the first trees to bloom in spring, making them a vital pollen source for pollinators coming out of dormancy.

Sugar Maple trees are drawing water from lower soil layers and exuding that water into upper, drier soil layers, which benefits all the understory plants.


Height: 60+ ft

Width: 40+ ft

Requires full sun 

Prefers moist soil of any type, but cannot tolerate swampy conditions


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Basswood trees are large trees with dense foliage and a uniform round crown. By providing excellent shade, they lower our energy usage and provide shelter for wildlife. 

In spring, the beautiful heart-shaped leaves support 140 caterpillar species in Toronto. The most beautiful ones among them are the Eastern tiger swallowtail, the luna moth, the mourning cloak, the promethea silk moth and the question mark. Caterpillars are the single most essential food source for all migrating songbirds rearing their young. 

In midsummer, the abundant yellow to cream-coloured flowers fill the air with their sweet fragrance and offer rich nectar to pollinators. 

In the fall and winter, chipmunks, songbirds, and even foxes, among other wildlife, feed on their seeds.


Height: 60+ ft

Width: 30+ ft

Full sun to partial shade

Moist, well-drained


Photo credit: Fritz Flohr Reynolds

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Eastern Redbud

A popular small tree with very showy magenta flowers in spring, that bloom before the leaves emerge and beautiful heart-shaped leaves. The leaves emerge reddish, turning dark green in summer and a bright canary yellow for fall interest. The flowers give rise to clusters of bean-like pods that remain on the tree into winter. 

Very tolerant of urban conditions. 

Eastern Redbud is one of the earliest blooming trees in Toronto and provides an important early source of pollen and nectar for many different kinds of early emerging native bees.

The leaves are loved by leafcutter bees to separate their larvae in their nests.

Cardinals. Ring-necked pheasants, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and bobwhites feed on the seeds.


Height: 20-30 ft

Width 25-30 ft    

Grows in full sun to partial shade 

Requires moist, well-drained soil of various types



Red Oak

Large, hardy, long-lived shade tree. Very tolerant of urban conditions. Attractive leaves that often stay on the lower branches during winter. Researchers believe this was a helpful defence mechanism to protect the young twigs from browsing dinosaurs. Today oaks sustain a complex and fascinating web of wildlife and are the ecologically most productive tree. The leaves provide food for over 500 kinds of caterpillars. Caterpillars are crucial since they are the most essential food source for birds raising their babies. To better understand how vital oaks are for our ecology, watch Doug Tallamey's presentation. 

The acorns are an important food source for small mammals and birds like Blue Jays. Blue Jays hide over 100 viable acorns every day for a month, making them the number one planter of oaks. Older trees often have cavities that provide shelter and nesting sites for birds and mammals.


Height: 60+ ft

​Width: 60+ ft    

Requires full sun to partial shade

Adapts to moist and dry soil conditions

Prefers acidic soil but can grow in any soil


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We have added a Plant Sale to the Tree Giveaway Event

"Shrubs for the Birds and Pollinator Plants"

The tree giveaway is now closed because we reached the number of granted trees. 

It is best for trees to grow up in companionship with groundcovers or other trees and shrubs. It is ideal for a young tree to get planted with all the other plants around it at the same time. Layered landscapes look great, provide nesting sites and food for birds and are host plants for caterpillars. They benefit the life cycle of insects since the insects can fall safely onto the ground and bury themselves. We selected the shrubs because of their high value to birds and pollinators. We are happy that we can offer a wide variety of ground cover plants, of which some are hard to come by. Since the trees will still take some time to grow big it is also possible to plant a pollinator garden around them.

This sale is very community-based: last-minute, all prices include tax. You will have to total up your order and pay when you pick up your plants by e transfer or cash.

The order deadline is extended to Wednesday, April 13th, 2022, at 11 pm.

Shrubs, Groundcover & Pollinator Plant Sale
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This is a Great Time to Get Started

We still have free seeds. Find out more about the project.


Link to the recording of our Webinar on how to successfully grow native plants.


Current Projects

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Learn more about how you can get involved in this project in February, 2022.

Watch our community webinar on how to grow native plants from seed.

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Coming in April, stay tuned.

Join us on Facebook to be the first to know.


This project was started in fall and will resume in spring

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For Schools:

Teachers can request free seeds in February 2022 to grow with their students.