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Trees for bees

Our range of ornamental trees which are particularly attractive to bees and other pollinator insects (melliferous) and will help sustain bee populations in your orchard or garden.

  • Aesculus hippocastanum

    This is the Horse Chestnut tree, well-known as the source of conkers, but also one of the most impressive and largest of flowering trees.
    Aesculus hippocastanum
  • Arbutus unedo

    A small evergreen ornamental tree which produces edible fruitlets - commonly known as the Strawberry Tree.
    Arbutus unedo
  • Beni-chidori

    Beni-chidori melliferous trees
    This form of the flowering apricot has scented pink blossom which appears early in the spring.
    Prunus mume
  • Brilliantissimum

    Brilliantissimum melliferous trees
    A distinctive dwarf sycamore, named for the colour of its stunning pink spring leaves.
    Acer pseudoplatanus
  • Carnival

    Carnival melliferous trees
    An attractive form of the Field Maple, featuring variegated leaves with white margins and light pink growing tips.
    Acer campestre
  • Castanea sativa

    The Spanish Chestnut is a large fast-growing tree, best known for its edible nuts.
    Castanea sativa
  • Crataegus monogyna

    A hardy native hawthorn species, with white blossom and red haws, and particularly attractive to bees.
    Crataegus monogyna
  • Esk Sunset

    A small slow-growing sycamore maple featuring exotic pink green and white variegated leaves.
    Acer pseudoplatanus
  • Field Maple

    The Field Maple makes a good specimen tree with attractive autumn colours, and is easy to grow.
    Acer campestre
  • Frisia

    Frisia is a fast-growing Robinia or false acacia tree, featuring attractive golden-green leaves over the summer, and scented flowers which are much-loved by bees.
    Robinia pseudoacacia
  • Heptacodium miconioides

    Heptacodium miconioides melliferous trees
    Heptacodium miconioides is a small tree with glossy green leaves, clusters of scented flowers, and interesting peeling bark.
    Heptacodium miconioides
  • Prunus avium

    Prunus avium melliferous trees
    The native "Gean" or "Mazzard" cherry, makes an attractive woodland tree.
    Prunus avium
  • Simon-Louis Freres

    Simon-Louis Freres melliferous trees
    A popular slow-growing medium-sized sycamore tree with very attractive variegated leaves.
    £68.00 - £75.00buy
    Acer pseudoplatanus
  • Tetradium daniellii

    A large deciduous tree producing plumes of small white flowers over a long period in mid-summer which are very attractive to bees.
    Tetradium daniellii

How to choose Trees for bees

If you have an orchard, you will know that bees and other pollinating insects are needed to set fruit. However fruit trees are only in flower for a few weeks in the spring and if you want to encourage a healthy bee population in the vicinity of your orchard, or simply want to help the local bees, it is useful to plant other trees which will sustain them over the summer.

Melliferous trees are varieties which specifically attract bees, usually because they produce abundant flowers (often scented) over a long period, and are particular rich in pollen and / or nectar. The flowers of melliferous trees also tend to be easy for bees to access - they usually have a simple structure with few petals.

While most orchard fruit trees can be classified as melliferous (especially those with plain single flowers), there are many other melliferous species.

The pollen of most melliferous trees will not cross-pollinate with your orchard trees - the reason for planting them is to provide a resource for bees after the orchard trees have finished flowering, thereby helping to ensure a healthy bee population for pollinating your orchard the following spring.