Below are some GREAT trees and bushes for pollinators. These trees are generally available each year to pre-order for spring. You can click on the image for a little more information. For pricing or to pre-order, please visit our online store HERE.
Pussy WillowIf you only have room for one small tree in you landscape, plant this one!
The silky catkins appear in March and are readily visited by hungry bees.
Both male and female flowers produce nectar; the male gives pollen only.
Likes wet feet, but will grow upland as well.
SpicebushVery early spring flowers, with a small habit and ease of care. Fragrant yellow blossoms.
Good in wet areas, shade or sun. Excellent yellow fall color.
Brillant scarlet fruits. Visited by many bee species.
Summersweet HummingbirdThe flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies, and the resulting dark brown seed capsules will attract birds during the autumn.
Blooms 3-5 weeks with fragrant, white flowers. Blooms mid July to Mid August.
Very Hardy, prefers well-drained, high organic soil, but tolerates wet soil too.
Grows in Sun to shade, prefers dappled shade.
One of the finest compact flowering shrubs. Attractive to many pollinators.
TupeloOne of the most beautiful native trees, both while in bloom and in the fall with
consistent fall color.
Male and female trees. Honey made from this tree is one of the
Sumac FlameOne of the best sumacs. It is compact and dense as a smaller shrub,
and becomes irregular and picturesque as it matures. The most ornamental of the sumacs.
Blooms in July to August, and is wildly alive with bees . The Fall color is spectacular.
Spreads through root clones. Not invasive, but it can spread
MeadowsweetA late summer blooming shrub of wet soils. White to pink flowers
are very attractive to bees. Flowers open from top to bottom.
Grows in and requires moist soil.
Red MapleOne of the most important early-blooming trees for pollinators. An abundance of blooms, coupled with genetic diversity
and local environments provide a source of nectar and pollen for four to five weeks. Honeybees build colony
populations quickly on this early bloomer, especially in conjunction with willows.
Red maple cultivars are prevalent as landscape trees, but the hybrids are not useful to bees. Red maples have green leaves that turn red in the Fall.
Lilac Miss KimA dwarf lilac that blooms late in the spring. Very Fragrant, and very attractive to butterflies and bees. Disease and deer resistant and low maintenance. Flower Color: Lavender flowers that cover the entire plant. Zones: 3 to 8 Growth Habit: Medium Height: 4 to 8 ‘ Spread: 5 to 7 ‘ Light Needs: Full sun Flowering Season: Late May Landscape Value: 5 of 5 Naturalizing Value: n/a Pollen Value: 1 of 5 Nectar Value: 2 of 5 Water Requirements: Medium Native: China Invasive: No
Magenta CrabappleMagenta’ is a hybrid crabapple grown from seed, and was developed for windbreaks, roadsides and parks.
Pink flowers are followed by reddish leaves. The fruit is a dark-red apple about 1/2 ” in diameter, greatly relished by wildlife.
Very disease resistant, and attractive to many bee species.
CatalpaA favorite of bumblebees. Blooms from June into July, depending upon location
and micro-environment. Leaves have nectaries that attract ants and bees prior to bloom.
Said to be an important honey plant in some locations.
Individual florets are some of the most beautiful flowers in Michigan; panicles are 4-8″ long.
Nitrogen-fixing member of the bean family . Large bean pods and large leaves.
ButtonbushA shrub for wet areas, growing 4-6′ high.
Blooms in July, often persisting for 2-3 weeks. Flowers are crowded on
rounded heads 1” or more in diameter. The fruit is a nutlet that persists through
winter. Very attractive to many bee species .
Butterfly BushThis species is large shrub that often dies to the ground in the winter, but re-sprouts in the spring. Very attractive to all pollinators in profusion.
Extremely fragrant blooms in late summer make this a fine addition to a border.
BottlebrushA large shrub that spreads from root suckers, it is usually no more than 10′ tall. The cultivar “Serotina”
has 30″ inflorescences and blooms 2 weeks later than the species.
Few summer flowering shrubs can rival this one, and should be a part of every homeowners’ landscape.
Tolerates deep shade or full sun.
Black LocustThis fast-growing tree has extremely fragrant flowers borne in dense clusters.
They grow in poor soils, need little moisture, and fix their own nitrogen from the air.
They spread through root suckers but suckers can be controlled by mowing.
Honey is of good quality.
Basswood - Linden TreeThe queen of honey plants. Produces large quantities of water-white honey
with a minty flavor. Bee populations are peaking when this tree flowers,
creating the opportunity for major honey crops. The flowers hang down,
preventing dilution of the nectar after summer rains. Produces a crop
3 of 5 years.
Flower Color: White
Growth Habit: Tree
Light Needs: Sun, part shade
Flowering Season: Late June, Early July
Landscape Value: 3 of 5
Naturalizing Value: 5 of
Common Apple TreeA cultivated tree for thousands of years, there are more varieties than can be
imagined. Seeds rarely become the same as their parents, so cultivars are grafted
onto rootstocks that control the size of the tree, whether it is a Standard, a Semi-dwarf, or a Dwarf.
Ours are seed propagated, so it’s a potluck of genetic diversity!
Two trees are needed for pollination.
Flower Color: Pinkish-white. Very beautiful and very fragrant.
Zones: 4 to 7
Growth Habit: variable
Height: 5 to 20′
Spread: 5 to 2