Kim Eierman

Kim Eierman

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Notes on Using Plant Lists
  • Use plants appropriate to your landscape conditions, emphasizing plants that are native to your region.
  • Species may vary based on region.
  • Remember that plant diversity is crucial – not all pollinators use every plant.
  • Reference these lists in combination with other recommended resources to select the best possible pollinator plants for your Pollinator Victory Garden.
host = larval host plant for butterflies and/or moths
Botanical Name
Common Name
Nectar/Pollen
Notes
Acer rubrum Red maple N & P Very early bloom, host
Acer saccharum Sugar maple P Very early bloom, host
Acer saccharinum Silver maple P Very early bloom, host
Alnus incana Speckled alder P Early bloomer, host
Alnus serrulata Smooth alder P Early bloomer, host
Alnus viridis Green alder P Early bloomer, host
Amelanchier arborea Downy serviceberry N & P Edible fruit, host
Amelanchier canadensis Shadbush N & P Edible fruit, host
Amelanchier x grandiflora Apple serviceberry N & P Edible fruit, host
Amelanchier laevis Allegheny serviceberry N & P Edible fruit, host
Celtis occidentalis Hackberry N & P Early bloomer, host
Cercis canadensis Eastern redbud N & P Early bloomer, host
Cladastris kentuckea Yellowwood N & P Fragrant
Cornus alternifolia Pagoda dogwood N & P Fruit for birds, host
Cornus amomum Silky dogwood N & P Fruit for birds, host
Cornus florida Flowering dogwood N & P Fruit for birds, host
Cornus racemosa Gray dogwood N & P Fruit for birds, host
Cornus sericea Red osier dogwood N & P Fruit for birds, host
Corylus americana American hazelnut P Early, minor pollen, host
Corylus cornuta Beaked hazelnut P Early, minor pollen, host
Crataegus mollis Downy hawthorn N & P Fruit for birds, host
Crataegus punctata Dotted hawthorn N & P Fruit for birds, host
Crataegus viridis Green hawthorn N & P Fruit for birds, host
Diospyros virginiana American persimmon N & P Edible fruit, host
Fraxinus americana White ash P Emerald Ash Borer, host
Fraxinus nigra Black ash P Emerald Ash Borer, host
Fraxinus pennsylvanica Green ash P Emerald Ash Borer, host
Ilex glabra Inkberry N & P Fruit for birds, host
Ilex opaca American holly N & P Fruit for birds, host
Ilex verticillata Winterberry N & P Fruit for birds, host
Juglans cinerea Butternut P Edible nuts, host
Juglans nigra Black walnut P Edible nuts, host
Lindera benzoin Spicebush N & P Early bloomer, host
Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip poplar N & P Hummingbirds, host
Malus coronaria Sweet crabapple N & P Edible fruit/birds, host
Nyssa sylvatica Black tupelo N & P Fruit for birds, host
Photinia floribunda Purple chokeberry N & P Fruit for birds, host
Photinia melanocarpa Black chokeberry N & P Fruit for birds, host
Photinia pyrifolia Red chokeberry N & P Fruit for birds, host
Prunus americana Wild plum N & P High eco-value, host
Prunus maritima Beach plum N & P High eco-value, host
Prunus pensylvanica Pin cherry N & P High eco-value, host
Prunus serotina Black cherry N & P High eco-value, host
Prunus virginiana Chokecherry N & P High eco-value, host
Quercus alba White oak P High eco-value, host
Quercus palustris Pin oak P High eco-value, host
Quercus rubra Red oak P High eco-value, host
Robinia pseudoacacia Black locust N & P Weedy in some states, host
Rhus aromatica Fragrant sumac N & P Food for birds, host
Salix amygdaloides Peachleaf willow N & P Very early bloom, host
Salix bebbiana Gray willow N & P Very early bloom, host
Salix discolor Pussy willow N & P Very early bloom, host
Salix lucida Shining willow N & P Very early bloom, host
Salix nigra Black willow N & P Very early bloom, host
Salix sericea Silky willow N & P Very early bloom, host
Sassafras albidum Sassafras N & P Fruit for birds, host
Ulmus americana American elm P Resistant cultivars, host
Ulmus rubra Slippery elm P Host
Vaccinium angustifolium Lowbush blueberry N & P Edible fruit, host
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush blueberry N & P Edible fruit, host
Vaccinium macrocarpon Cranberry N & P Edible fruit, host
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