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SCIENCE-BASED GUIDELINES FOR BUILDING A BEE-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPE
SOURCE: SCIENCE DAILY

Bees are critical members of the
ecosystem: 75 percent of leading
food crops have some level of
dependency on pollinators. However,
native bee populations are struggling
because of loss of habitat and
food, often caused by urban and
suburban development. The good
news is that a single tree or shrub
can produce thousands of flowers
with high-quality pollen and nectar,
providing bees with the protein and
carbohydrates they need to thrive.
Many resources encourage
homeowners and land care
managers to create bee-friendly
environments, but most of them
include lists of recommended plants
rarely backed by science. To rectify
this, Dr. Daniel Potter surveyed 72
native and nonnative woody
plant species

in five sample sites throughout the
Ohio Valley region to document
which species attract which bees.
His findings, which he summarizes
in the webcast "Woody Plants for
Urban Bee Conservation," include the
following:
* Both native and nonnative plants attract diverse
communities of bees, and
non-native plants can extend the
flowering season.
* Flower form matters. Plants
that are horticulturally modified
for aesthetic reasons, such as
flowers with double petals, don't
attract bees.
* Many of the best bee-magnet
plants are pest free, which is
attractive to homeowners.
Potter ends his presentation with
a list of the best woody plants and
recommendations for building a
bee-friendly landscape. He suggests
planting a variety of trees and
shrubs that bloom at different

times of the growing season - such
as a cornelian cherry dogwood
that blooms in the early spring, a
bottlebrush buckeye for the summer
season, and a seven sons flower tree
for the autumn - to provide crucial
floral resources through the winter.
Other recommendations can be
found in the webcast.
This 19-minute webcast is part
of a module in the new Pollinators
Hub on the Plant Management
Network (PMN). The module
includes a webcast, summary
webcast, podcast, slide set, and
study guide. PMN is a cooperative,
not-for-profit resource for the
applied agricultural and horticultural
sciences. Together with more than
80 partners, which include landgrant universities, scientific societies,
and agribusinesses, PMN publishes
quality, applied, and science-based
information for practitioners.
The webcast can be
accessed at http://www.
plantmanagementnetwork.org/
edcenter/seminars/outreach/Bee/
WoodyPlants/ A

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Spring 2019

Overstory
Forest Interactions Seedlings
Forests and Families
Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
Tools and Resources
Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
Woodland - Spring 2019 - Intro
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Overstory
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forest Interactions Seedlings
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forests and Families
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - ‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Tools and Resources
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
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