Pollinator Packet (2 each of the following species - 10 seedlings total - No Substitutions)
These species will benefit many of our native pollinators by providing early season to mid season blooms.
American Plum (Prunus americana) Its white, pungently sweet blossoms emerge in early spring before the foliage breaks bud. It is very adaptable to a wide variety of environmental conditions and needs full sun. Can reach a mature height of 20 ft. and mature spread of 25 ft.
Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) This medium, native tree has a mature height and spread of 40-60 ft. Green flowers adorn this species April – May, attracting birds and butterflies. It prefers full sun to part shade and is best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils but will tolerate wet, dry, and poor soils. Fruits from this tree are attractive to a variety of wildlife.
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) This deciduous shrub reaches a mature height and spread of 5-12 ft. and has white blooms from June to July. It grows in medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It tolerates a wide range of soils, but prefers moist, humusy ones. Elderberry spreads by root suckers to form colonies. Fruits are attractive to wildlife and are sometimes used to make jams, jellies, pie fillings, and wine. Attracts birds and butterflies.
Shadblow Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) This early flowering tree has showy white blooms in April through May. At maturity it has a height of 25-30 ft. and spread of 15-20 ft. It prefers full sun to part shade and is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil. Blooming in late spring or early summer, this flowering shrub/tree provides a site for early pollinating insects. It is also used as a food source by songbirds, squirrels, bears, and other woodland wildlife.
Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum) This medium-sized deciduous shrub is typically found in moist lowland areas, swamp borders, floodplains, shrub wetlands, and along streams and ponds in Eastern North America. Twigs and leaf undersides have silky hairs, hence the common name. Its showy yellowish white blossoms in spring make this species very easy to spot. With a mature height and spread of 6-12 ft., they grow best in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, organically rich, slightly acidic soils in part shade. Tolerates close to full shade.