Blue Heron Farm & Nursery    
  About Blue Heron Farm
How to Buy from Us
Native Plant List
---Availability & Prices
Hardy Bamboo List
---Availability & Prices



Blue Heron Farm is located near the town of Rockport, in the wet but enchanting foothills of the upper Skagit Valley. We have been farming here since 1979, and growing bamboo since 1981. We were among the first members of the Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Society and Washington Tilth Producers, the organic growers organization.  Our food crops include organic raspberries, blueberries, garlic, carrots, potatoes and winter squash. We offer bulk purchases for canning, freezing and winter storage. Please inquire if you are interested.

We are devoting more time to building the selection of nursery plants and specialize in hardy bamboo. We also offer an eclectic selection of native plants and permaculture or multipurpose landscape plants. These are largely grown with organic methods, although we do use slow release commercial fertilizer for our potted plants.

We sell our nursery stock to both retail and wholesale customers. Visits to our nursery are welcome but must be by appointment. We farm in a couple of locations and aren't always here at the home place. Please call ahead (360-853-8449) to schedule a good time to visit.


Blue Heron Farm & Nursery LLC
12179 State Route 530, Rockport, WA  98283
360-853-8449 (voice & fax)  -- 

Directions to the nursery--

If you are coming from Skagit or Whatcom County follow Washington State Route 20 (North Cascades Highway) east from I-5, 8 miles past the town of Concrete to the town of Rockport.  Follow directional signs towards Darrington and Arlington, and turn south at the Rockport Country Store onto State Route 530, also signed as East Sauk Road.  Immediately cross over the Skagit River and proceed one mile south. Watch for a sign indicating the Rockport-Cascade Road intersecting from the left (east). Our driveway is after the sign but before the turn. The driveway is on your left.  It's easy but you have to watch for it.

If you are coming from the south, you have two options. You can continue north past Mount Vernon to Burlington and turn east on SR 20, or you can exit I-5 at Arlington (Exit 208).  A sign on I-5 just before the exit gives two route choices for the North Cascade Highway (SR 20). The first one is State Route 530 which will take you right past the nursery. Simply follow the road 50 miles to milepost 66. Right after this mile marker, the next right is the Rockport-Cascade Road. Our driveway is the first right just 75' north of the intersection. If you arrive at the SR20 intersection at Rockport, you went too far, turn around and come back.

From Seattle allow about two hours travel time, from Mount Vernon it's about one hour. The Upper Skagit Valley is a beautiful place; plan a picnic in Rockport State Park, hike up Sauk Mountain or just make some time to sit next to the river.

Once again, you will need to call ahead for an appointment so we can be sure someone is there to talk with you.

How to Buy from Us--

All the prices shown are retail, based on you picking up your plants at our nursery.  Washington State sales tax here is 7.9%.  Please inquire if you require plants shipped to you, or if you are seeking wholesale or quantity discounts. 

We appreciate your interest in our plants and are always happy to answer your questions.

We have instructions for planting, care and control of bamboo available.
Please send a self addressed and stamped envelope for your free copy.

Anne Schwartz & Michael Brondi



Native Plant List

Trees- Conifer

Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar)

Fast growing, prefers some shade, and moist soils. Slender, drooping branches form flat, graceful, lacy sprays. Can be pruned and grown as hedge or windbreak.

Picea sitchensis (Sitka Spruce)

Tall (grows to 100-150 feet) pyramid-shaped evergreen with prickly needles. Prefers moist, rich soil. Tolerates saltwater spray and brackish water. Shade tolerant.

Abies grandis (Grand Fir)

Slow-growing true fir suited to large gardens, preferring sunny open habitat with well-drained soil. Handsome and well adapted tree, uniformly spaced branch whorls on a symmetrical base-

Tsuga mertensiana (Mountain Hemlock)

Though naturally a high-elevation evergreen, it is successfully used at low elevations. its growth form is irregular and compact, with dense bluish-gray-green foliage, ideally suited to borders, rookeries and containers as well as groupings or drifts in a garden.

Trees, Deciduous

Betula papyrifera (Paper Birch)

Fast growing, attractive tree with lacy, open foliage, growing to sometimes 100 feet. Tree has creamy white bark. Needs ample water.

Acer circinatum (Vine Maple)

A small deciduous tree, gradually attaining heights of 25-35 feet. Known for resplendent fall red color and abundant seeds which birds love. Provides lacy open texture and adds texture under trees and around edges. Great for stabilizing moist banks or slopes

Cornus nuttallii (Pacific Dogwood)

Grows to 20-25 feet in sun, taller in shade. Develops showy creamy flowers in spring,


Amelanchier alnifoliia (Serviceberry)

Deciduous dark green 4-6 foot shrub flowering early in spring with clusters of white petals. Leaves turn showy red or yellow in fall with dark purple berries for birds or "Saskatoon" pie. Dry site adapted, likes sun--partial to full. Makes a good border plant.

Oemleria cerasiformis (Indian Plum)

Deciduous shrub grows to 8 feet. First to-flower in early march with clusters of white flowers. Olive-size fruit progresses from pale green through rich peach colors maturing at purple. Favored by birds and wildlife. Deciduous, adaptable, to either moist or dry conditions.

Philadelphus lewisii (Mock Orange)

Very fragrant, long-lasting white flowers cover this multi-stem shrub. Deciduous, with light green leaves, it grows to 8 feet or so, and is adapted to a variety of sites from forest edge to open, drier sites.

Physocarpus capitatus (Pacific Ninebark)

Deciduous tall shrub with clusters of creamy white pincushion blooms, and bark that shreds and peels in layers. Likes moist sites.

Cornus stolonifera (Red Osier Dogwood)

Multi-stemmed shrub with white flat cluster flowers in mid-late spring. Leaves showy in fall, part of them turning red. Stems remain bright red through winter.  Grows 6-9' tall

Viburnum edule (High Bush Cranberry)

Has edible berries-after mid-spring blooms of white flowers in large flat clusters. Grows 2-9' tall.


Aquilegia formosa (Red Columbine)

Showy red and yellow perennial, known as "red rain-flowers" in the Haida language, this perennial favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds is well suited to many moist sites from open to partially shady, beaches, meadows, forest openings, rocky slopes, and roadsides.


All seed stock is local (Skagit watershed, low elevation) with the exception of the Sitka spruce,
 which comes from the Olympic Peninsula.

Plants in containers and grow bags are available immediately.
Bareroots and B&Bs will be available in December.




  Blue Heron Farm & Nursery
2004 Native Plant Availability & Prices
  Species Quan Size Height Price  
  Thuja plicata
(Western Red Cedar)
4 gal
4 gal
  Picea sitchensis
(Sitka Spruce)
2 gal
4" tree pot
6" tree pot
10" grow bag
  Abies grandis
(Grand Fir)
Bare Root
10" grow bag
  Tsuga mertensiana
(Mountain Hemlock)
100 B&B 3-6' $25-100  
  Betula papyrifera
(Paper Birch)
52 B&B 6-8'+ $12  
  Acer circinatum
(Vine Maple)
4 gal
B&B multistem
  Acer glabrum
(Douglas Maple)
6" sq pot
4 gal
  Cornus nutallii
(Pacific Dogwood)
1 gal
2 gal
3-5' bushy
  Amelanchier alnifolia
194 1-2 gal 2-4' $3-6  
  Oemieria cerasiformis
(Indian Plum)
216 1-2 gal 3-5' $4-7  
  Philadelphus lewisii
(Mock Oranage)
197 1-2 gal 3-5' $6-8  
  Physocarpus capitatus
20 B&B 3-5' bushy $7-10  
  Cornus stolonifera
(Red Osier Dogwood)
98 B&B 3-5' bushy $7-12  
  Aquilegia formosa
(Red Columbine)
176 1-2 gal 1-3' $5-9  



Hardy Bamboo List

Bamboo is an amazing plant; a grass that can be mowed occasionally with your lawn mower. or tower 50' in the air.  You can eat it, build and weave with it, feed it to livestock, and it remains green year-round in your landscape.

There is a spot for bamboo in every garden; either as a ground cover in the shade of other trees and shrubs, or as a two story evergreen hedge that whispers in the breeze and surrounds you like a forest.  Some grow and spread very fast.  Others take several years to reach their mature size.  We have listed our bamboo in three categories by height and maturity:  small (less than 8 feet), medium (10-30') and timber (over 30').

We recommend root barrier for low maintenance control of bamboo, especially near sidewalks, gardens and close neighbors.  This is a tough vinyl material, 24" wide that can be buried in the ground to prevent bamboo rhizomes from spreading beyond desired boundaries.


    Small Bamboo These are useful ground covers, as they remain green through most winters and are low maintenance.  If they start to look tattered during the winter, simply mow back to the ground and in the spring they will come back with lush green growth.  

Arundinaria humilis

Dwarf, bright green ground cover, excellent for steep banks


Pleioblastus argenteostriata

Dwarf with white striated leaves, prefers shady locale, attractive ground cover


P. chino vaginatus variagatus

Small, narrow, white striated leaves.  Becomes a thick, attractive shrub-like plant


P. viridistriata

Dwarf with yellow striped leaves, very attractive ground cover, does best in sunny locale with afternoon shade


Sasa palmatta  (Sushi leaf Bamboo)

Exotic and tropical appearance, makes a nice screen, does well in pots, very vigorous


Sasaella masamuneana albostriata

An attractive variegated bamboo; thick leaves have white or cream stripes

    Clumping Bamboo These varieties spread very slowly because the rhizomes don't spread horizontally, and they are therefore more easily contained than other bamboos



 Fargesia nitida (Blue Fountain Bamboo)

A delicate and graceful bamboo, the culms are covered with a bluish-white powder when young; originally from the Himalayas, it thrives in Pacific Northwest gardens; shade and cold tolerant, it is slow growing, attaining a mature height of 12' and forming a clump over several years time; makes hard garden stakes; plant in a location protected from the afternoon sun

    Medium Bamboo These varieties make excellent hedge or screen plants; evergreen, they can be pruned to desired height; all varieties have edible shoots and make useful poles



Phyllostachys  aureosulcata, & P. a. alata (Yellow Groove Bamboo)

Very vigorous; excellent edible shoots, one of our most hardy bamboos


P. bissettii

An exceptionally hardy and beautiful bamboo with dark green leaves and culms


P. flexuosa

An attractive bamboo with tops that bend gracefully; beautiful screen or hedge, very hardy; good edible roots and strong culms


P. humilis

One of our most aggressive bamboos (and that's saying something!); this variety should rapidly provide a dense hedge and visual barrier


P. purpurata (heteroclada)

Very hardy, useful for garden stakes; makes a graceful screen; the most tolerant of of wet sites of all the bamboos we grow


Semiarundinaria fastuosa

Forms a dense hedge; erect and useful stems, stately appearance; tolerates wind and salt water sites; culms turn reddish-brown as they age


S. okuboi

Similar form to fastuosa but leaves are much wider compared with other bamboos; makes and excellent hedge


Bashania fargesia

An unusual and somewhat rare variety that resists the bamboo mite, makes excellent poles and is very attractive as a landscape plant or hedge

    Timber Bamboo These are varieties which may be expected to grow to 30' and more.  Several of these bamboos have been in the Pacific Northwest for decades and have achieved true timber proportions.  We have large plants available and priced individually.



Phyllostachys nigra (Black Bamboo)

A stunningly beautiful plant whose glossy black culms are valued by traditional flute and furniture makers


P. nigra 'Bory'

A fine and vigorous timber bamboo; Bory has green stems with black markings; it is known for good wood and flavorful shoots


P. nigra 'Henon'

An excellent timber variety, very cold-hardy; fine leaves in dense masses give this variety particularly beautiful foliage


P. nigra 'Meguruchiku'

This variety is very similar to P.n.'Henon', except that the culm grooves are brown or black; generally rare in the US, there are several large and beautiful stands of Meguruchiku in the Puget Sound area


P. nuda

One of our hardiest with tasty edible shoots; produces dark green culms which become useful strong poles in 3-5 years


P. rubromarginata

This variety stands very erect, with strong slender internodes; very cold and wind tolerant; a vigorous variety, highly valued in China because of the superior quality of its culm wood and gourmet shoots


P. viridis 'Robert Young'

These culms become gold with a bright green stripe down the stem; both shoots and culm wood are excellent quality


We have over 100 varieties of hardy bamboo.
  If you are interested in something you don't see listed, please contact us.





  Blue Heron Farm & Nursery
2004 Bamboo Availability & Prices
Max Max Min        
  Species height Culm dia temp Quan Size Price  
  Arundinaria humilis 4' 1/4" 0   1 gal    
  Pleioblastus argenteostriata 3' 1/4" 10   1 gal    
  P. chino vaginatus variagatus 6' 1/4" 0   1 gal
2 gal
  P. viridistriata 3' 1/4" 0   1 gal    
  Sasa palmatta 9' 1/2" 0   3 gal
  Sasaella masamuneana albostriata 6' 1/4" 0   1 gal
3 gal
  Fargesia nitida 12' 1/2" -20   6-8'    
  Phyllostachys  aureosulcata, & P. a. alata 26' 1-2" -10   2-4'
  P. bissettii 20' 1" -10   2-4'
  P. flexuosa 30' 1-2" 0   2-4'
  P. humilis 20' 1" 0   2-4'
  P. purpurata (heteroclada) 18' 3/4" 0   2-4'
  Semiarundinaria fastuosa 25' 1-2" 10   2-4'
  S. okuboi 25' 1-1" 0   2-4'
  Bashania fargesia 25' 1" 0   2-4'
  Phyllostachys nigra 30' 2" 0   2-4'
  P. nigra 'Bory' 50' 3" 0   2-4'
  P. nigra 'Henon' 50' 3" 0   2-4'
  P. nigra 'Meguruchiku' 50' 3" 0   2-4'
  P. nuda 35' 1-2" -20   2-4'
  P. rubromarginata 55' 2-3" 0   2-4'
  P. viridis 'Robert Young' 40' 3" -5   2-4'
  --We have other varieties in smaller quantities.  Please ask if you have a specific need.              
  Root Barrier, per foot         24" wide $1.50  

Copyright 2004