Plant A Tree And Save Some Bees!

Linden Trees

Linden Trees

Did you know that trees provide most of the surplus nectar and pollen for bees?  Or that 5 or 6 trees produce as much nectar and pollen as a whole field of wildflowers?

Most people don’t.  That’s unfortunate because planting a tree, especially in an urban area, is one of the most effective things you can do to help save the bees.

What types of trees do bees like?

Some of the more common bee-beloved trees are Chestnuts, Hollies, Black Locusts, Hawthorns, Lindens (Limes in Europe), Oaks, Black Gums, Maples, Buckeyes, Mountain Ashes, Catalpas, Dogwoods, Redbuds, Hazels, Magnolias,Poplars, Sycamores, Tulip Trees and Willows.  They also love all types of fruit trees!

All of these trees are available for an amazingly reasonable price (about $6 for many) at The Arbor Day Foundation.  If you become a member, they will send you ten trees for free!

The fact that it’s winter is no excuse for inaction. It’s the best time to plant trees!!

So plant some trees and save some bees. You’ll feel great when you do!!

21 thoughts on “Plant A Tree And Save Some Bees!

  1. Any ideas that go along with xeriscape landscaping. We live in the desert, and we finally gave up trying to have a lush yard. Too much water with our extreme summer heat! I have feeders for my birds, but what can I do to encourage healthy bee populations?

  2. Reblogged this on MisBehaved Woman and commented:
    Trees + Bees = A Happy Space :-)

  3. This is great, have you shared on London Beekeepers FB page – they are always interested in pro forage news!

  4. jmgoyder says:

    Ming has been trimming old branches off some of our trees and we suddenly have an influx of bees. Yay!

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  6. Excellent list, there! I think most people may first think of fruit trees for bees but there are so many more.

  7. Boomdeeadda says:

    Interesting, I didn’t know this. I noticed Poplar on your list. mmmmm, up north we have a lot of them and they are not too popular. The sticky buds in spring get on your pets then your floors, maybe your furniture and a lot of people are deadly allergic. We lived in the country for years and my poor hubby would be stuffed up for weeks, when the poplar bloomed, it’d be a snow storm of fuzz. Luckily your list is long and I see some other varieties that might work well here too, although we are only a zone 3…darn it anyways :( Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

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