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Trees for Bees and other pollinators

Plants for Bees and other pollinators

Trees flowering in
Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

click to download PDF Trees are an incredibly important source of food for bees and other pollinators. In part due to their large size which contains thousands of flower heads giving the pollinators their important source of food in one place.

The criteria used by councils, or charities, when selecting trees to plant often fails to include their usefulness to pollinators. Yet pollinators, especially bees, require forage from early spring through to late autumn, and native trees, including hazel, alder and pussy willow can provide early sources of pollen when few plants are in flower.

The advantage of planting native wild flowering trees is that the larvae of many native butterflies and moths rely on tree foliage. However, there are some late flowering non native trees, such as Chinese privet, the bee-bee tree and loquat, which can provide a valuable source of autumn nectar. So it is important that a proportion of non natives as well as natives, are included in a selection of pollinator-friendly trees.

If street trees are planted close to community gardens, urban farms, parks and other open green areas, then habitat can be created in those spaces for wild bumblebees and solitary bees, generating pollination streams or 'eddies' between street and garden, farm or park.

Trails or 'rivers' of insect pollinated street trees can link these areas of urban forage with one another enabling flying insects to negotiate a less hazardous and a more nutritiously rewarding path through urban areas.

Trees flowering in February


Acacia dealbata
silver wattle

Salix caprea
Pussy/goat willow

Alnus glutinosa
common alder

Prunus x Subhirtelia ‘Autumnalis
Winter flowering Cherry
   


Trees flowering in Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Trees flowering in March


Corylus avellana ‘common’
Hazel

Corylus maxima
Kentish Cob

Hazel Kentish Cob

Prunus cerasifera
Cherry Plum

Prunus domestica
Common Plum

Prunus Spinosa
Blackthorn/Sloe

 


Trees flowering in Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Trees flowering in April

Acer camperstra
Acer campestra
Field Maple

Amelanchier lamarckii
Juneberry

Cercis siliquastrum
Judus Tree


Cydonia oblonga
Quince


Liquidambar styraciflua
Sweet gum

Malus sylvestris
Crab apple

Prunus avium
Bird/wild cherry

Pyrus communis
European Pear
 


Trees flowering in Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Trees flowering in May


Acer
pseudoplatanuis

Sycamore

Aesculus
hippocastanum

Horse chestnut

Crataegus
monogyna

Hawthorns

Halesia carolina
Snow drop tree

Elaeagnus
umbellata

Autumn olive

Sorbus
aucuparia

Rowan

Sorbus
aria

Common whitebeam

Ilex
aquifolium

Holly

Mespilus
germanica

Medlar fruit


Trees flowering in Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Trees flowering in June


Tilia europaea
Common Lime

Ptelea trifoliata
Hop tree

Robinia pseudoacacia
False acacia

Robinia hispida
Rose Acacia

Liriodendron tulipifera
Tulip Tree
 


Trees flowering in Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Trees flowering in July


Castanea sativa
Sweet chestnut

Ailanthus altissima
Tree of heaven

Tilia platyphyllos
broad leaved Lime


Trees flowering in Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Trees flowering in August


Catalpa bignonioides
Indian bean tree

Eucryphia glutinosa
Brush bush/Nirrhe

Koelreuteria paniculata
Golden rain

Ligustrum vulgare
Wild/common privet
   


Trees flowering in Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Trees flowering in September


Sophora japonica
Pagoda tree

Tetradium daniellii
Bee-bee tree

Ligustrum lucidum
Chinese privet


Trees flowering in Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Trees flowering in October


Eriobotrya japonica
Loquat tree

Arbutus unedo
Strawberry tree
 


Trees flowering in Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Plants for Bees and other pollinators

Trees for Bees and other pollinators