11 honey trees and shrubs to adopt urgently

As decorative as they are useful, honey species are the stronghold of pollinating insects.

These beautiful flowers full of pollen and nectar are used for the reproduction of 80% of flowering species.

Here is a list of 11 attractive honey trees, shrubs and fruit trees for foragers.

Honey and decorative essences

Honey plants are attractive species for pollinating insects, producing good quantities of nectar and pollen.

Often the flowers are large or fragrant and make beautiful ornamental plants for the garden. They can be installed in a bed, accompanied by perennials and grasses, alone, in a hedge, on a balcony or in an orchard for fruit trees.

In other words, you will inevitably find a place for them and have plenty of time to observe greedy bees getting drunk on pollen.

Honey trees

Willow marsault:

  • Height: 2m to 3m.
  • Foliage: narrow deciduous lanceolate leaves pale green above and gray below.
  • Flowering: from February to April, inflorescences in silvery catkins covered with hairs revealing tiny yellow flowers.
  • Location: isolated or at the bottom of a massif.
  • Learn more about willow marsault

Black locust acacia:

  • Height: 15m.
  • Foliage: deciduous leaves composed of about fifteen bright green oval leaflets.
  • Flowering: White flowers in fragrant clusters in May-June, the nectar of which attracts bees and other pollinators.
  • Location: isolated, in a grove or in a container on a terrace or balcony.
  • Learn more about black locust

Sophora from Japan:

  • Height: 20-25m.
  • Foliage: quite similar to that of Robinia pseudo acacia, except that the tips of the Sophora leaflets are pointed. In the fall the leaves turn from green to yellow.
  • Flowering: in a cluster of creamy white flowers of 30cm very honey, in July-August.
  • Location: isolated, in a grove.
  • Learn more about the Japanese sophora


  • Height: 15m to 40m depending on the variety.
  • Foliage: Deciduous, rounded in shape with a pointed end and slightly toothed edges. Green in spring, the leaves turn yellow in fall.
  • Flowering: small flowers in fragrant yellow or white tops in June-July, source of nectar of choice for pollinators. Be careful not to choose the silver linden whose nectar is toxic!
  • Location: isolated, alignment.
  • Learn more about the lime tree

Prunus cerasifera (flowering cherry):

  • Height: 2m to 10m
  • Foliage: deciduous, oval, finely toothed, shiny green.
  • Flowering: white or pink flowers in early spring which provide nectar and pollen from the first fine days.
  • Location: isolated, in an orchard, in a grove
  • Learn more about the flowering prunus or cherry tree

Honey fruit trees

Almond tree:

  • Height: 6m to 8m.
  • Foliage: deciduous, light green leaves, alternate, elongated and pointed at the end.
  • Flowering: early flowers appearing in February-March, abundant, white or pink.
  • Location: isolated, orchard, in container on a balcony or a terrace.
  • Learn more about the almond tree


  • Height: 2m to 5m.
  • Foliage: deciduous ribbed, dentate and medium green foliage.
  • Flowering: male flowers in yellow catkins very rich in pollen, small female flowers in small buds with red stigmas. Blooms from January to March.
  • Location: isolated, hedge, orchard.
  • Find out more about the hazelnut tree

Raspberry bush :

  • Height: 0.60m to 2m.
  • Foliage: leaf composed of 5 to 7 toothed and veined leaflets. It is light to medium green on the front, whitish on the back.
  • Flowering: flowers in white panicles in April-May and July-August, attractive to pollinators.
  • Location: mixed hedge, orchard, bedding background, isolated
  • Learn more about the raspberry tree

Melliferous shrubs


  • Height: 0.60m to 5m.
  • Foliage: compound, pungent, alternate evergreen, holly-like.
  • Flowering: bright yellow flowers in melliferous clusters from October to May. They give off a scent of lily of the valley.
  • Location: hedge, bottom of massif, isolated, in container on a terrace or on a balcony.
  • Learn more about mahonia

Laurel tin:

  • Height: 1m to 5m.
  • Foliage: leaves evergreen, dark green, oblong, glossy above.
  • Flowering: small flat white inflorescences, from November to April. An early food source for foraging insects.
  • Location: hedge, isolated, at the bottom of a massif, in a container on a terrace or balcony.
  • Learn more about laurel tin


  • Height: 2m to 10m.
  • Foliage: leaves evergreen, dark green, toothed and shiny.
  • Flowering: flowers at the same time as the fruits. The inflorescences resemble that of heather, white or pink, attractive to bees.
  • Location: hedge, isolated, grove or in a container on a balcony or terrace.
  • Find out more about the strawberry tree

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