We have a knack for finding new plants—and for nourishing those new plants into successful products. Quality, independent garden centers and chain stores as well as local landscapers carry our line of woody ornamental shrubs and trees.

Our new plant business started in 1977 when Jim Zampini secured a patent for the Weeping Candied Apple™ crabapple tree. Over the years, his patented and trademarked plants multiplied and grew into LCN Selections, a line of over 200 reliable, beautiful plants from Jim himself and breeders around the world. In addition to LCN Selections, we represent a diverse selection of other new plants, each of which adds beauty to the landscape.

Plants are sold wholesale through a network of licensed growers, and we work with them to ensure that the plants we represent are a success. We get to know our growers on a personal level—visiting them and learning everything we can about their business—so that we can match their needs and those of their customers to our new plants. If you’re interested in becoming one of our licensed growers, or if you have discovered a new plant, please contact us.

Let UpShoot help your new plant become a best seller.

Plantation Springs Nursery

From plantsman Frank Case of Plantation Springs Nursery, Virginian is an improvement for both growers and consumers. Compared to Green Giant, it produces a shorter but more thick and full liner but growers just as fast as Green Giant. From the consumer end it will maintain a smaller mature size.

JN Selections

We’re excited to be working with well-known breeder Mike Yanny of JN Plant Selections. We’re representing multiple selected natives from Mike, all having improved characteristics over the species and cultivats including Carpinus, Aesculus and Cephalanthus. Mike has many other selected natives under test with us too.

Locust Grove Nursery

Sharon Kay Viburnum from plantsman Greg Fuhrer of Locust Grove continues to impress with its repeat blooms; up to three flowering periods! Locust Grove Nursery is a family owned wholesale nursery operating on 25 acres in southern Erie County, PA. 

Holly Ridge Nursery

Nurseryman Paul Hanslick spotted what was tangibly different in Mademoiselle Holly immediately; chocolate merlot new growth. Holly Ridge Nursery is a plant nursery based in Northeast Ohio serving the U.S.’s growing zones 4 through 6 with American holly, English hollies, and blue hollies including Mademoiselle.


Not much gets past the eye of nurseryman John Lewis who could tell at a glance that Persian Spire Parrotia and Marleys Pink held desireable characteristics that the species and cultivars lacked. JLPN Inc., in the heart of the Oregon Willamette Valley is an industry leading, wholesale producer of bare root and container grown, fruit and ornamental bare root deciduous shade tree seedlings, cultivar rooted cuttings, grafting and budding under stock. Persian Spire and Marleys Pink Styrax are represented in Europe by Plantipp.


Plantipp represents breeders from all over the world and manages more than 250 different plant varieties. Plantipp’s specialized know-how and large network makes breeders, growers and partners stand out in the market by testing, introducing, managing, protecting, controlling and promoting new varieties together.

Jim Zampini

Plantsman Jim Zampini discovered and/or brought to market almost 200 new plants which are now known as LCN Selections. In to his golden years, while most individuals would be retired, Jim’s passion for finding and marketing new plants continued.

Lake County Nursery

UpShoot represents Jim Zampini’s original breeding work, now known as LCN Selections, from LCN Holdings dba Lake County Nursery, located in Perry, Ohio.
LCN - Lake County Nursery