Best shrubs for nectar and pollen

Table of shrubs for honey bees

Month

Name

Latin

Nectar & pollen

Length of flowering

January

Heath

Erica carnea

N/P

Jan- Mar

February

Japanese quince

Chaenomeles spp.

N/P

Feb – Jun

Honeysuckle

Lonicera fragrantissima

N/P

Feb – Apr

Cornelian cherry

Cornus mas

N/P

Feb – Apr

March

Gorse

Ulex europeaus

N/P

AYR

Gooseberry

Ribes uva-crispa (Ribes grossularia)

N/P

Mar/Apr

Golden bell flower

Forsythia x intermedia

N/P

Mar/Apr

Oregon grape

Mahonia aquifolium

N/P

Mar – May

April

Apple

Malus domesticus

N/P

 Apr

Flowering currant

Ribes sanguineum

N/P

 Mar, Apr

Barberry

Berberis spp., B. x stenophylla ‘Semperflorens’

N/P

Apr – Jul

Californian lilac

Ceanothus spp.

Apr – Aug **

Gromwell

Lithospermum (syn. Lithodora)

N/P  Acid

Apr – Jul

Rosemary

Rosmarinus

N/P

Apr - Jun

May

Weigelia

Weigela florida

May/Jun

Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster spp.

N/P

May/Jun

Firethorn

Pyrancanthus spp.

N/P

May/Jun

Beauty bush

Kolkwitzia amabilis

May/Jun

Broom

Cytisus spp.

N/P  Acid or neutral

May/Jun

Bilberry

Vaccinum myrtillus

N/P – acid

May – Jul

Raspberry

Rubus idaeus

N/P

May, Jun

Rubus x tridel ‘Benenden’

N/P

May, Jun

Escallonia

Escallonia

N/P

May – Oct

 Viburnum

Viburnum davidii, V. opulus

N/P

May, Jun

June

Snowberry

Symphoricarpus spp.

JunSep

Yellow buddleia

Buddleia globosa

N

Jun

Portuguese laurel

Prunus lusitanica

Jun

Mock orange

Philadelphus spp.

N/P

Jun/Jul

Heaths inc. bell heather

Erica cinerea, E. tetralix

N/P – acid soil

Jun – Oct

Balkan sage

Salvia virgaae or S. amplexicaulis

N

Jun – Aug

Stranvaesia

Photinia

N/P

Jun, Jul

July

Heather or Ling

Calluna vulgaris

N/P – acid soil and beware double flowers

Jul – Nov

 Leatherwood

Eucryphia

N/P – prefers acid, not totally hardy

Jul – Sep

Blackberry

Rubus fruticosus

N/P

Jul – Oct

August

Fuchsia

Fuchsia spp. (hardy varieties)

N/P

Aug – Oct

Tree mallow

Lavatera arborea

N/P

Aug, Sep

September

Raspberry

Rubus idaeus

N/P

Sep, Oct

Ivy - must be mature

Hedera helix

N/P

Sep – Dec

October

 

November

Viburnums

Viburnum x bodnantense, V. farreri, V.foetens, V.tinus

N/P

Nov – Mar

December

Ornamental cherry

Prunus subhirtella

N/P

Dec – Feb

Winter flowering shrubby honeysuckles

Lonicera x purpusii, L.fragrantissima,  L.standishii

N/P

Dec, Jan

Oregon grape

Mahonia x media

N/P

Dec – Mar

Winter heaths

Erica carnea

N/P – lime tolerant

Dec – Apr

 

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