Good Plants & Shrubs For Bees

Honeybee on Pussy Willow catkins

Pussy Willow - (Salix) is a name given to many of the smaller species of the genus Salix (willows and sallows) when their furry catkins are young in early spring. The catkins appear long before the leaves, and are one of the earliest signs of spring and honeybees absolutely love it, its an important early source of food for them.


Blackthorn - Sloe (Prunus spinosa), A deciduous large shrub or small tree growing to 5m tall, with blackish bark and dense, stiff, spiny branches. The leaves are oval, 2-4.5 cm long and 1.2-2 cm broad, with a serrated margin. The flowers are 1.5cm in diameter, with five creamy-white petals; they are produced shortly before the leaves in early spring, again another important early source of food for bees.

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