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Trees and shrubs for pollinators

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Annual and perennial flowers are popular choices to attract pollinators to our yards and gardens. But there are many trees, shrubs and vines that are also favorites of bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

You can add seasonal interest to your landscape while providing food and habitat for beneficial insects and birds.


Shrubs can be planted in close groups to form a hedge or stand on their own to lend their wide variety of textures, sizes and colors to any landscape. Some provide dense habitat for pollinators while others are great sources of food and pollen. Fruiting varieties may rely on pollinators for reproduction. 



If you have space in your yard, there are many trees that are attractive to pollinators. These recommendations will provide you with seasonal interest throughout the year: flowers in the spring, leafy shade in the summer, fruit or seeds in the fall, and interesting color and texture in winter.


Vines and climbers

Vines can add drama and whimsy to a landscape or patio. Decorative trellises or simple stakes can keep them from taking over your garden. They can attract hummingbirds and pollinating flies as well as bees.


Author: Julie Weisenhorn, Extension horticulture educator

Reviewed in 2021

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