Did you know that bees pollinate over 85% of flowering plants and over 35% of crops? That is an astounding amount of work bees get to do, and they love to do it! Unfortunately, bees have been on the population decline at an alarming rate, due to human error. We not only kill massive amounts of bees with insecticides, but we also have more corn and soybean farms than ever before, leaving an unhealthy environment for bees to pollinate. With the addition of buildings, roads, lawns, etc. that do not have an abundance of flowering plants and trees, humans are going to cause bees to head straight to the endangered species list, and fast.
What can you do?
The best way for bees to make a comeback is by merely planting and growing bee-friendly trees and plants right in our backyards. Not too difficult right? Bees thrive on pollen packed trees and shrubs from all different kinds of species. Today I am going to give you the top five well-known trees to plant and enjoy, all while keeping bees off the endangered list and instead hard at work, doing what they are meant to do.
Top Five Trees for Bees
Magnolia Trees are a southern symbol with bright, sweet-scented flowers that attract bees with their large and pollen-filled blossoms. If you don’t live in the South, the similar Sweetbay Magnolia is also extremely useful in attracting bees.
Oak trees are certain species of bees favorite tree in the winter months, where bees will borrow in and have an ample shield from harsh weather. Although Oaks are not flowering trees, the benefits of its protection and the fact that bees still pollinate from the honeydew on the trees makes this a good staple sapling in any yard.
Not only are any type of fruit-bearing trees beautiful and beneficial to you, but they attract thousands of pollinators such as bees, moths, butterflies, and other useful insects. Pollinating bees love Black Cherry trees, so that is how it made the top five list. You really can’t go wrong with fruit bearing trees no matter what you choose.
You cannot go wrong with a crabapple tree. There are several different species and numerous colors for blooms. The Crabapple’s referred to as the “jewels of the landscape, ” and it is easy to see why, they are beautiful throughout all four seasons and have an impressive visual impact. It’s no wonder why bees love them!
The redbud is a staple sapling known throughout the United States. Bees love pollinating from these tiny, but numerous, buds that cover these trees. Well known and easy to keep, redbuds are sure to be a perfect addition to your home.
Be the Change
The simple fact that we can make such a significant impact with one small act of concern for the bees should encourage everyone to take a step and plant a tree, to be the difference. Bees may be on a dangerous decline, but they don’t have to be. You can help bees and beekeepers throughout just by simply planting a tree, how much easier could it be?