Spring Trees and Shrubs that Pollinators Love!


Sweet Bay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)

Spring Blooms for Pollinators!

APRIL 27, 2023

At Possibility Place, we specialize in providing native Midwest trees and shrubs that are naturally occurring to the local environment and wildlife. As Arbor Day approaches, it is the perfect time to highlight some of the trees and shrubs that can help support pollinators and wildlife in the spring.

One of the main benefits of planting native trees and shrubs is that they provide a food source and habitat for wildlife, including birds, mammals, and insects. These native species play a crucial role in our ecosystem and help to maintain a healthy balance of biodiversity.

Here are some of the native Midwest trees and shrubs that we recommend for their ability to support pollinators and wildlife in the spring:

Sweet Bay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) – This tree has fragrant white flowers that bloom in the spring and attract bees and butterflies. The Sweet Bay Magnolia is also a preferred host plant for the tiger swallowtail butterfly.

Sour Gum (Nyssa sylvatica) – This tree has inconspicuous flowers in the spring that attract bees and other pollinators. In the fall, the leaves turn a brilliant red color, making it a beautiful choice for adding fall color to your landscape.

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) – This is a medium-sized tree that can grow up to 60 feet tall. Its unique, three-lobed leaves and aromatic bark make it a standout in any landscape. Fun fact: sassafras was once used to make root beer! The greenish-yellow flowers that bloom in the spring attract bees and butterflies, making it a valuable food source for pollinators.

Oak Leaved Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) –  This deciduous shrub has showy white flowers that bloom in the late spring and attract bees and other pollinators. Its large oak-like leaves turn a beautiful bronze-red color in the fall.

Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) – This woody vine can grow up to 20 feet long, adding stunning vertical interest to your landscape with greenish-yellow flowers. The bloom in the spring and attracts bees and other pollinators. In the fall, the vine produces bright orange or red berries, a delectable food source for birds and other wildlife. Bittersweet is also a host plant for the hairstreak butterfly and the spiny oak-slug moth. ​

Native plants have the added benefit of growing happily together, creating a beautiful and cohesive look in your garden. That’s why we offer a wide variety of native plants in our online store to make it easy for you to choose the right ones for your landscape. In celebration of Arbor Day, we encourage everyone to plant a tree or two to provide even more diversity for the environment.

With our resources and expertise, you can create a sustainable and thriving landscape that looks beautiful AND supports the local wildlife. So, browse our online store and start planting native species today. Together, we can create a healthier and more vibrant world for generations to come.