Below you will find detailed information on native plants of every kind, the habitats in which they are found, their habits, propogation, and guides to their maintenance and care. These lists have been complied over many years by our team of professional horticulturists, landscape designers, botanists, and industry professionals.

NJ Plants from USDA Database

A search was done for NJ plants from the USDA database. The following fields were collected and cleaned up.

  • Scientific name
  • Common name
  • Native - Introduced Status
  • Family
  • Category
  • National Wetland Indicator Status

The results are in the following sortable/searchable/filterable Excel files.

NJ plants - sorted by Scientific Names(Excel .xlsx)

NJ plants - sorted by Common Names (Excel .xlsx)


Tree Recommendations

We have had many requests for native trees for landscaping. We have provided here lists to help start your search.

The first list is for small trees and the second all trees

Small native trees for landscaping

Large and small native trees for landscaping


Plants by New Jersey County

New Jersey is a big and various state, with many diverse and ecosystems displaying a wide variety of native flora. To help you navigate this vast array of plants, select the appropriate link below to find plants native to your New Jersey county. These lists are based on USDA database.

Please note-change: Originally Union county list included all plants with its native status indicated in the last column. It has been changed to only include native species which is the case for all the other counties. (3/24/2013)


Bergen County

Burlington County

Camden County

Cape May County

Cumberland County

Essex County

Gloucester County

Hudson County

Hunterdon County

Mercer County

Middlesex County

Monmouth County

Morris County

Ocean County

Passaic County

Salem County

Somerset County

Sussex County

Union County

Warren County

Trees and Tall Shrubs by County

These lists can serve as a guide for selecting trees for your area. They were compiled from the US Department of Agriculture Plants Database.

In each Excel file, first tab (sheet) lists all the plants. Subsequent tabs each give plants only in the specified county. Each sheet gives the scientific name, common name, and list of all counties the plant is found in.

Counties - Atlantic to Essex

Counties - Gloucester to Morris

Counties - Ocean to Warren

Invasive Species

Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas Booklet on the web. This amazing text is available for free download, very inexpensive hardcopy order and online access interface. It includes many invasive species and non-natives that are often used in landscape plantings. The best thing is that NATIVE ALTERNATIVES are also listed when you look up a specific species. Trees, shrubs and perennials are listed. Here is the link.

Invasive Plant Species by Hubert Ling, Ph.D. (1/14/03)

Twenty Most Invasive Plant Species from IPCNYS (2/24/03)

Invasive Plant List

What Are Invasive Plant Species, Anyway? (4/17/02)

Invasive Plants of NJ (Category 1 & 2 ) by Hubert Ling, Ph.D.

The USDA Database

The U.S. Department of Agriculture database is the most comprehensive and up-to-date srouce for native plant information.

Here, you can search for plants by scientific and common name, find out about native ranges for plants, and get advice on habit, horticulture, and botany.

Information is for all states, including New Jersey.