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Did you know that a few good flowering trees can produce more honey than a few acres of flower gardens? It's true. But don't let that stop you from planting flowers, because they help too and often start blooming after the trees have finished.
Trees are generally the first plants to begin flowering and producing pollen desirable to the bees. Some of the important flowering Arkansas trees that bees love include Redbud, Wild Cherry, Honey Locust, and Sourwood. Basswood is another favorite. From just a few of these trees, the bees can get an early start at producing many gallons of honey as they come out of winter and prepare for the long hot summer. We are blessed to have some of each of these trees here on our property and look forward to the wonderful honey flavors that will come from them.
Right now the Redbuds are in full bloom with the Cherries just getting ready to pop. The Honey Locust will come next in April/May followed by the the Sourwood and Basswood.