Tree’s For Bee’s

Pollinators play an essential role in maintaining healthy ecosystems.  They provide the service of pollinating our crops and plants, which in turn increases crop yield and biodiversity in the natural environment.  They are responsible for pollinating over 30% of the foods we eat.

 

We all have childhood memories of the first time we noticed honey bees.  Perhaps it was seeing them working a patch of white clover on a warm spring day. Maybe, it was on those first dandelions of early spring. Possibly, that first memory was of an apple tree in full bloom and the buzz of hundreds of bees working the flowers.  The truth is, large mature trees are an important food source for our bees.

You don’t need a meadow full of flowers to help the honeybee; planting one or two of the top pollen and nectar-bearing trees also benefits this little insect.

The next time you choose a tree to plant in your yard, at a school, or in a park, consider planting a native flowering tree that bees will love to visit.

 

Here are the top 7 trees for bees in Ontario:

 

1. Serviceberry is one of the first trees to bloom in the spring. Bees love the serviceberry’s white flowers, while birds love its berries.

 

2. Catalpa blooms in late spring and early summer covering itself in large nectar filled blooms. This striking majestic tree is a real show stopper.

 

3. Basswood, or linden, is a favorite of beekeepers, because its nectar is irresistible to honey bees. Observe a basswood in bloom, and you’ll see bumblebees, sweat bees, and even nectar-loving flies and wasps visiting its flowers. Linden, also known as Basswood, flowers heavily in late June and early July sending bees into a nectar gathering frenzy. This is a large tree with tremendous numbers of flowers.

 

4. Redbud boasts unusual magenta blooms that arise from buds along twigs, branches, and even the trunk.  Its flowers attract bees in early to mid-spring.

 

5. Crabapple tree, how can you go wrong? Crabapples bloom in white, pink, or red, and attract all kinds of interesting pollinators, like orchard mason bees.

 

6. Locust has value to foraging bees. A hardy choice for tough environments, like urban areas. Honey bees love it, as do many native pollen bees. Late spring bloomer.

 

 

7. Tulip Tree, offers springtime nectar to all kinds of pollinators.

 

Honeybees are tremendous foragers. They do their best work with concentrated food sources and trees provide such a source. An acre of trees can produce many pounds of honey and hives filled with healthy happy bees.

Here at Baltimore Valley, we are happy to offer our customers the trees, shrubs and plants you need to get your garden buzzing.