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!!
- The Five Plants Bees Love Best (romancingthebee.com)
- Trees memorializing Newtown shooting victims planted in SLC cemetery (fox13now.com)