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What are the best fruit trees to attract honeybees?

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

We thought we’d show you some of our beautiful fruit trees we have dotted around our orchard that benefit our wonderful honeybees! We think bees are not only a fabulous addition to your garden but they are also a necessary one. The role bees play in the environment as pollinators make them super fascinating. Did you know? We need bees and other useful insects and pollinators to produce colourful garden displays and tasty fruit! Fruit tree blossom produces a light fragrant honey too!😉 🍯

If you already have fruit trees in your garden, you’ve probably noticed lots of bee activity which is great. If you’re thinking of planting fruit trees, they’ll not only give you homegrown food but also provide a natural habitat and food source for wildlife. Pollinators, particularly honeybees, love fruit trees so why not think about adding some new fruit trees to your garden to help its ecosystem!

The best fruit trees to attract bees

Bee-friendly fruit trees are a great addition to your outdoor space which both you and the bees are sure to love.

Avoid using pesticides as it will kill the bees!

Peaches, plums and nectarines

To keep bees busy all year round, planting fruit trees that bloom and fruit at different times help to provide a more sustainable source of food. You’re also more likely to receive visits from a variety of bees as they can eat and be active at different times. Plum trees tend to bloom in late winter to early spring with fruit ripening from early May all the way through to September. Nectarine and peach trees tend to flower early in the year with fruit being ready in July for early varieties. Later varieties will see fruit produced through August and early September.

Apple and Cherry trees

During the warm, summer months apple and cherry trees are a fantastic choice for attracting bees. The majority of varieties perform well during the hotter weather and will keep bees interested during the earlier part of the growing season. Cherry trees, in particular, make for a brilliant addition as they are usually quite large with lots of flower buds, attracting a large number of bees.

Let us know if you have any fruit trees in your garden or are planning to!😊

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I have plumbs, peaches, nectarines, apricots, crabapple, pears, apples, pomegranates, figs, persimmons blueberries and raspberries. All are fairly young but this year they are beginning to bloom. I hope my bees appreciate all the work to plan 36 trees and 16 berry bushes.

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I forgot to mention the cherry trees.

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