Bees. We see them all the time. We sometimes run from them for fear of a sting, but these tiny insects are vitally important to humanity!
Did you know that bees pollinate 85% of the planet’s flowering plants and 35% of the crops we eat? These little guys are workhorses! Our yards and tables would look a whole lot different without our buzzing helpers. Parasites, lack of forage, and other factors pose a threat to honeybee survival and health. While planting a pollinator garden or shrub is certainly helpful to the honeybees around your home, a tree provides much more forage than any flower or bush ever could. So… why should you plant a “bee tree?”
Honeybees forage to sustain their colony. Individual foragers prefer to only forage from one type of plant. Because trees play host to so many flowers in a relatively compact space, they are a great source of nectar and pollen. This is the perfect combination for our friends, the bees.
Propolis is used to protect, waterproof, and sterilize the hive. Propolis is made when the bees combine sap and resins from your trees with saliva, enzymes, honey and beeswax. This compound is essential for the survival of the hive.
Not only will a tree provide more of a source for foraging than a pollinator garden, they also last much longer with much less upkeep. Once your tree is planted and established, it can grow for decades, even centuries! This is a long term, sustainable source of vital nutrients to bees. And best of all, it requires very little work from you!
This symbiotic relationship between bees and trees is vital to tree pollination, as well as to bee health and survival.
Now that you know all the wonderful things that trees can do for bees and for our environment…what kind should you plant? Always make sure you know what the soil conditions are in the area you want to plant trees, so you know which trees are compatible. Below are several varieties that do well in Missouri and that bees absolutely love.
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