Pollinator Friendly Trees

California Pepper Tree  (Schinus molle)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar
Plant Type: Tree, introduced when California was first settled
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Rapid
Foliage Color: Light green
Flower Color: White
Flower Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Water Needs: Low
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 25 ft.+
Width:  25 ft.+

River  Red Gum  (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar
Plant Type: Tree, introduced from Austrailia
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Rapid
Foliage Color: Light green
Flower Color: White
Flower Season: Summer, Fall
Water Needs: Low
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 60 ft.+
Width:  30 ft.+

Tulip Tree  (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar and Pollen
Plant Type: Tree, native to southern US
Foliage Character: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Light green
Flower Color: Green/yellow
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Water Needs: Medium
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 25 ft.+
Width: 12 ft.+

Toyon  (Heteromeles arbutifolia)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar and Pollen
Plant Type: Tree/Shrub, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: White
Flower Season: Summer, Fall
Water Needs: Low
Soil: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 12 – 25 ft.
Width: 12 – 18 ft.

Sweet Acacia  (Acacia farnesiana)

Importance to Bees: Moderate
Food Source: Nectar and Pollen
Plant Type: Tree, Native
Foliage Character: Winter deciduous
Habit: Open, Mounding, Low-branching
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure: All day sun
Water Needs: Low
Height: 20 – 25 ft.
Width: 20 – 25 ft.

Coast Oak  (Quercus agrifolia)

Importance to Bees: Moderate
Food Source: Pollen
Plant Type: Tree, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Low-branching, Dense
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Insignificant
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: 25 – 45 ft.
Width: 30 – 40 ft.

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