4 Trees You Can Plant To Help Save The Bees

If there were no bees in in the world, humans could not exist. Unfortunately, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, honeybee losses hit 42 percent in the year 2015. You can play your part in saving the bees by planting some trees they love. Four of these trees are listed below so you can decide what you would like best in your yard.

Black Cherry Plum

The black cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera) has beautiful flowers during the spring months, and colorful foliage during the fall. Some species have ornamental bark, while others have edible fruit in the fall. The tree reaches a height approximately 25 feet with a spread of 25 feet. The leaves are blackish-purple and the flowers are pale pink or white. The black cherry plum is a popular tree used in landscaping due to its early flowering.  This tree grows best in full sun and can tolerate drought and moderate heat.

Willow

Willow (Salix sp.) trees have pink, white, or purple flowers that bloom in the early spring that provide bees with protein rich pollen before other plants have started to flower. This gives the bees energy to help keep them healthy until they have the spring and summer flowers to feast on.  These trees grow best in moist soil and full sun. You can also find willow shrubs that will fit in small yards or gardens. Most willow trees reach a height of 35 to 50 feet.

Spiny Hackberry

The spiny hackberry (Celtis ehrenbergiana) is a small tree that will grow well in a wide range of temperatures and can withstand strong winds.  The tree grows up to 10 feet tall and has smooth gray branches. It has white flowers that bloom in the summer. The tree has small yellow or orange round fruits that are eaten by rabbits, raccoons, cardinals, and doves.

Acacia

The acacia tree (A. dealbata and A. longifolia) grows best in warm climates and has a bluish-green or bright green foliage that looks much like a giant fern. The tree has small bright yellow, pale yellow, or white flowers and can grow up to 40 feet tall. The tree will start flowering in the late winter through the early spring.  

If you have questions about any of these trees or need information on how to care for them, contact Smitty's Tree Service Inc or a similar company. They can also help you plant the trees in your yard.

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