Red Buckeye

Hummingbirds love red buckeye trees!

Red Buckeye

Look for Ft. McNair and Briotti buckeyes (Aesculus pavia) at your garden center. Both are medium sized trees with long lasting red flowers in the spring that attract pollinators. Buckeyes do best with morning sun with some shelter from the afternoon sun. Also called horse chestnut. Matures 10-20′. Zone 4-8, part shade.

Do you include hummingbird plants in your garden?

Buckeye is one of many great pollinator plants for the garden. Explore more in Butterflies and Bees Love These.

Seven Son Flower

Count the petals – there are 7 in each flower star.

Seven Son Flower

Seven-son-flower (Heptacodium miconioides) flowers late summer when the butterfly migration is underway. A pollinator plant for bees, moths and butterflies. Rosy-red sepals follow the flowers giving seven-son-flower an appearance that it is still flowering. The exfoliating bark gives winter interest to the landscape.  It is a tough tree and low maintenance doing well in full sun or part shade. Matures 10-20′ h x 10′ w. Zone 5-9.

What are your favorite pollinator plants?

Seven son flower is one of many pollinator plants for the garden. Explore more in Butterflies and Bees Love These.

Sunstream Ginkgo

Each creamy yellow and green variegated leaf is unique

on a Sunstream Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba ‘Sunstream’).


Sunstream Ginkgo

A smaller maturing ornamental tree, Sunstream will be approximately 8-10′ tall after 10 years. Hardy zone 4-8, part shade to full sun.

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White Fringe Tree

Fragrance from the fringe tree’s (Chionanthus virginicus) spring flowers gently drifts through the garden.

White Fringetree

Exquisite flowers grace the irregular form of this smaller maturing, ornamental flowering tree. Grows best with adequate moisture. Matures 12-20′ x 12-20′. Zone 3-9, part shade to full sun. May produce dark purple fruits that songbirds enjoy.

Do you have a favorite fragrant plant or two?

Fringe tree is one of many pollinator plants. Explore more in Butterflies and Bees Love These.