Woody Plants for Urban Bee Conservation
USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research
Initiative Outreach Webcast
By Daniel A. Potter, Ph.D.
Urban Landscape Entomology
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky
Public awareness of declining bee populations has increased interest in growing “bee-friendly” plants. Various groups have published bee-friendly plant lists, but these lists often lack experimental data and rarely emphasize flowering trees and shrubs—major components of urban landscapes. This webcast presents research detailing the flowering trees and shrubs that attract diverse bee visitors and provides tips on building a bee-friendly landscape.