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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
Alnus glutinosa
common alder
Prunus x Subhirtelia ‘Autumnalis
Winter flowering Cherry
Salix caprea
Pussy/goat willow
   

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 incam Okame
Cherry 'Okame'
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 camperstraAcer campestre
Field Maple
Amelanchier lamarckii
Juneberry
 


Cydonia oblonga
Quince

Liquidambar styraciflua
Sweet gum
Malus sylvestris
Crab apple
Prunus avium
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
Cercis siliquastrum
Judus Tree
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
Aesculus indica
Indian horse chestnut
Tilia platyphyllos
broad leaved Lime
Albizia julibrissin
Persian silk tree
Cotinus obovatus
American smokewood
Ligustrum vulgare
Privet tree
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
Hibiscus syriacus
Hibiscus

Aesculus parviflora
Dwarf horse chestnut or Bottlebrush buckeye
 
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
Clerodendrum-trichotomum
Harlequin glorybower

Heptacodium miconioides
Seven son flower tree

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

Trees flowering in October

Eriobotrya japonica
Loquat tree
Lagerstroemia indica
Crape myrtle
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

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