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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 camperstra
Acer 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

× Chitalpa tashkentensis

Hybrid of the Indian Bean tree and the Desert Willow
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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