We the people need Bees, Birds and Butterflies to flutter nearby so that we can continue thriving as a species.
Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend. In the United States, pollination by honeybees and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually. – Read more on Pollinator.org
The easiest way to ensure that future generations continue to live in symbiotic harmony is to nurture those who provide for you. We can accept the concept that we need to fatten the pig before it is slaughtered but, we are a bit slower to realize that we could face extinction if the bees are not provided for.
Some of our favorite fruits rely exclusively on bees for pollination
Bees are responsible for over 80% of all pollination. If it weren’t for bees, you may not even be able to feed the animals that you eat. There is a lively new movement in the gardening community to bring awareness to the decline of the honey bee and remedy the situation by planting pollinator gardens.
Wondering what the exact definition of a pollinator garden is? It’s simply a garden filled with plant species that spread pollen to help reinvigorate the pollinator population. – Read more on Davey Blog – Trees for Bees
Plant these 15 Trees nearby and you will help ensure the future survival of the species. Ours and the bees.
- Apple Trees – Apple trees require a pollinator.Bees need pollen, it is a perfect match. Watch a video of bees pollinating an apple tree here
- Maple Trees – red maple, silver maple, sugar maple, vine maple and bigleaf maple have proven to produce honey
- Alder – ” This interesting wind pollinated tree can take in nitrogen from the air and therefore it will improve the fertility of the soil it is growing in. The Alder provides a wonderful supply of early pollen for bees.” – river of flowers
- Redbud – “Honey bees are attracted in great numbers to the bright pink to rose-colored flowers which cover redbud twigs, stems, and even trunks. Honey bees do not make a surplus of redbud honey, but the tree does provide a dependable source of both nectar and pollen at an important time when bees are rapidly expanding their colonies and need all of the food they can gather to feed the brood.”- Peace Bee Farm
- Hazel – Wind pollinated trees allow bees to utilize the excess pollen
- Yellow Tulip poplar – This tree is a favorite of honey producing beekeepers. It isn’t really a Poplar but a Magnolia.
- Cherry trees. Bees especially love Black Cherry.
- Plum Trees – “Fruit trees such as plums and peaches keep bees attracted through the early fall. These fruits generally bloom later in the season but still produce the big flower blooms that bees are looking for. The Italian Prune Plum (Prunus domesticus) blooms late in the spring and produces fruit by October. The Avalon’s Pride peach tree (Prunus persica) blooms very late in the fall. “- sfgate
- Black locust – “Locust may not be everyone’s favorite choice of trees, but it does have value to foraging bees. Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) is widespread in North America, thanks to its invasive tendency. It’s also a hardy choice for tough environments, like urban areas. Honey bees love it, as do many native pollen bees. If you don’t want to plant black locust, consider another Robinia species that’s native to your area. New Mexico locust (Robinia neomexicana) is a good choice for the Southwest, and bristly locust (Robinia hispida) grows well in most of the lower 48 states.” – ThoughtCo.
- Willow – Planting a pussy willow could be the best thing you have ever done for your bees. “Willows are the earliest flowering tree in most of North America, providing abundant pollen and nectar for bees that leave the hive in search of food early in the year”- Willows Vermont
- Basswood/Linden- Provides an ample nectar source that amplifies honey production
- Oak trees – Choose a varietal that is native to the area. See bees in live oak. — > YouTube – Jack Spirko
- Catalpa Bees enjoy the nectar on the underside of these broad leaves.
- Dogwood is a favorite of late season foragers
- Sumac -Flowering Sumac is great for attracting bees and makes an exquisitely thick amber honey