Did you know moths, beetles, birds, butterflies, flies, and bats all serve as pollinators? If you want to see more of these creatures, plant for them! Just like teenage boys, these creatures are attracted to food. We’ve selected these attractive species for their foliage, nectar, and pollen.
Includes 10 bare root seedlings (12-18"), 2 of each species listed below:
- Pasture Rose, Rosa caroliniana
- This showy rose attracts butterflies and bees, and its large bright red hips attract birds. Tends to sucker, making it useful for borders. Good natural resistance to disease, preferring well-drained soil in full sun for optimal vigor. Spread ranges from 3-6’ x 5-10’, generally tending on the smaller side.
- Red Osier Dogwood, Cornus sericea
- Redoiser Dogwood is a valuable native selection that appeals to many kinds of wildlife with an open, spreading habit with low, horizontal branches maturing to 6-9’ tall. A 4-season selection, featuring creamy white clusters of flat-topped flowers in late spring, followed by white to bluish-white fruit in late summer/early fall, gorgeous purple/red fall foliage, with deep red stems adding interest to the winter landscape. Prefers sites with moist soil in full sun or partial shade, but adapts well to both wet and dry conditions, making it great for rain gardens, wetlands, and stream bank installations. Tolerates wind and areas with compacted soil.
- American Plum, Prunus americana
- American plum is a thicket-forming, small, understory tree to 35 ft. with fragrant, white flowers in showy, flat-topped clusters occuring before the leaves in spring. The fruit ripens to a shiny, bright red in August or September and fall foliage ranges from electric red to pale yellow. Plums are eaten fresh and used in jellies and preserves, and are also consumed by many kinds of birds. American plum provides valuable nesting cover, is host to many butterflies, and is of special value to native bees. http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/plum
- Chokecherry, Prunus virginiana
- Suckering shrub or small tree can extend up to 20’ tall. Chokecherry is related to black cherry, not to be confused with chokeberry (Aronia spp.) An important tree for wildlife, chokecherry provides cover and fruit for herbivores and is a host plant for many butterflies and moths. Is shade tolerant, but prefers full sun. Useful for screen or mass plantings.
- Meadowsweet, Spiraea alba
- This mound-shaped, woody shrub, 3-6 ft. tall and wide, bears numerous, fine-textured, erect, unbranched stems and is very suitable for the naturalistic landscape. Deciduous foliage is yellow-green, turning golden-yellow in fall. Tiny white or pale pinkish flowers are arranged in conical, terminal spikes. Attracts birds and butterflies (larval host for Spring Azure), supports beneficial insects, and is of special value to native bees.