Terms of flowering honey plants in the USA and Canada

According to observations of naturalists and beekeepers.

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Terms of flowering honey plants in the USA and Canada
Plant name Plant type Picture Flowering period
Cercis canadensis – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, blooming pink flowers of cercis canadensis.
Scientific name:

Cercis canadensis

Common name(s): Eastern redbud, Redbud, Cersis Reniformis.
Tree, Shrub

Cercis canadensis – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, blooming pink flowers of cercis canadensis.
February ↔ May


May bloom now!
Malus angustifolia – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowers bloom at the same time as leaves appear.
Scientific name:

Malus angustifolia

Common name(s): American crab apple, Buncombe crab apple, Crabtree, Narrowleaf crab, Narrowleaf crab apple, Southern crab, Southern crab apple.
Tree, Shrub

Malus angustifolia – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowers bloom at the same time as leaves appear.
February ↔ May


May bloom now!
Acer saccharinum – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, branch with flowers, early spring.
Scientific name:

Acer saccharinum

Common name(s): Silver maple, Soft maple.
Tree

Acer saccharinum – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, branch with flowers, early spring.
February ↔ May


May bloom now!
Ulmus americana – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Spring branch with blooming flowers.
Scientific name:

Ulmus americana

Common name(s): American elm, White elm, Water elm, Soft elm, Florida elm.
Tree

Ulmus americana – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Spring branch with blooming flowers.
March ↔ Early April
Salix nigra – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Earrings and green leaves on a branch.
Scientific name:

Salix nigra

Common name(s): Black willow, Swamp willow, Southwestern black willow, Gulf black willow, Scythe-leaved willow.
Tree, Shrub

Salix nigra – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Earrings and green leaves on a branch.
March ↔ May
Pyrus communis – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Pear blossoms in white, inflorescence closeup.
Scientific name:

Pyrus communis

Common name(s): European pear, Common pear.
Tree

Pyrus communis – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Pear blossoms in white, inflorescence closeup.
March ↔ May
Celtis laevigata – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, the beginning of flowering, branch.
Scientific name:

Celtis laevigata

Common name(s): Hackberry, Sugarberry, Lowland hackberry, Sugar hackberry, Arizona sugarberry, Netleaf hackberry, Small's hackberry, Southern hackberry, Texas sugarberry.
Tree

Celtis laevigata – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, the beginning of flowering, branch.
March ↔ May
Acer negundo – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, this plant begins to bloom simultaneously with the appearance of leaves.
Scientific name:

Acer negundo

Common name(s): Boxelder, Western boxelder, Arizona boxelder, California boxelder, Texas boxelder, Interior boxelder, Violet boxelder.
Tree

Acer negundo – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, this plant begins to bloom simultaneously with the appearance of leaves.
March ↔ May
Salix lucida – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, One beautiful catkin, close up.
Scientific name:

Salix lucida

Common name(s): Shining willow, Greenleaf willow, Tail-leaf willow, Whiplash willow, Pacific willow, Lance-leaf willow, Longleaf willow, Red willow, Western shining willow.
Tree-shrub

Salix lucida – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, One beautiful catkin, close up.
Late March ↔ June
Salix discolor – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowering plant, contrasting background.
Scientific name:

Salix discolor

Common name(s): Pussy willow, American pussy willow, Glaucous willow, Large pussy willow.
Shrub-tree

Salix discolor – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowering plant, contrasting background.
Late March ↔ Early May
Salix amygdaloides – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowers and leaves close-up.
Scientific name:

Salix amygdaloides

Common name(s): Peachleaf willow, Peach leaf willow.
Tree-shrub

Salix amygdaloides – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowers and leaves close-up.
April ↔ Early May
Amelanchier arborea – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, delicate white flowers.
Scientific name:

Amelanchier arborea

Common name(s): Common serviceberry, Downy serviceberry, Juneberry, Shadbush, Shadblow, Sugarplum.
Tree, Shrub

Amelanchier arborea – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, delicate white flowers.
April ↔ May
Acer saccharum – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, branches strewn with flowers.
Scientific name:

Acer saccharum

Common name(s): Sugar maple, Rock maple, Hard maple.
Tree

Acer saccharum – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, branches strewn with flowers.
April ↔ May
Malus coronaria – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, a branch dotted with pink flowers.
Scientific name:

Malus coronaria

Common name(s): Sweet crab apple, Garland crab, Alabama crab, Allegheny crab, American crab, Baltimore crab apple, Buncombe crab, Dawson crab, Dunbar crab, Fragrant crab, Garland tree, Lanceleaf crab apple, Missouri crab, Sweet-scented crab, Sweet wild crab, Wild crab, Wild sweet crab, Wild Crab Apple.
Tree-shrub

Malus coronaria – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, a branch dotted with pink flowers.
April ↔ May
Prunus cerasus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowers close-up..
Scientific name:

Prunus cerasus

Common name(s): Sour cherry, Tart cherry, Dwarf cherry, Montmorency cherry.
Tree

Prunus cerasus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowers close-up..
April ↔ May
Prunus pumila – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Young, only blossoming and already blossoming flowers on a branch with green foliage..
Scientific name:

Prunus pumila

Common name(s): Sandcherry, Western sandcherry, Eastern sandcherry, Great Lakes sandcherry.
Shrub

Prunus pumila – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Young, only blossoming and already blossoming flowers on a branch with green foliage..
April ↔ June
Liriodendron tulipifera – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, bright tuliptree flower on a branch.
Scientific name:

Liriodendron tulipifera

Common name(s): Tuliptree, Blue-poplar, Tulip-poplar, Yellow-poplar, Yellow wood.
Tree

Liriodendron tulipifera – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, bright tuliptree flower on a branch.
April ↔ June
Salix bebbiana – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowering plant.
Scientific name:

Salix bebbiana

Common name(s): Bebb willow, Beak willow, Beaked willow, Long-beaked willow, Diamond willow, Chaton, Petit Minou, Smooth Bebb willow.
Tree, Shrub

Salix bebbiana – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowering plant.
April ↔ August
Acer rubrum – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowers on a branch closeup.
Scientific name:

Acer rubrum

Common name(s): Red maple, Scarlet maple.
Tree

Acer rubrum – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowers on a branch closeup.
Late April ↔ Early May
Ilex opaca – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Сloseup flowers.
Scientific name:

Ilex opaca

Common name(s): American holly, Dune holly, Hummock holly, Scrub holly.
Tree, Shrub

Ilex opaca – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Сloseup flowers.
Late April ↔ May
Malus domestica – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowers stuck to the apple tree branch.
Scientific name:

Malus domestica

Common name(s): Pyrus pumila, Malus pumila, Apple.
Tree

Malus domestica – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowers stuck to the apple tree branch.
Late April ↔ May
Acer platanoides – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, the beginning of the flowering period. Flowers bloom and secrete nectar.
Scientific name:

Acer platanoides

Common name(s): Norway maple.
Tree

Acer platanoides – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, the beginning of the flowering period. Flowers bloom and secrete nectar.
Late April ↔ Early June
Celtis occidentalis – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, the beginning of the flowering season, buds bloom.
Scientific name:

Celtis occidentalis

Common name(s): Common hackberry, Bastard elm, Nettle-tree, Northern hackberry.
Tree-shrub

Celtis occidentalis – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, the beginning of the flowering season, buds bloom.
May
Prunus americana – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, The branch is blooming.
Scientific name:

Prunus americana

Common name(s): American plum, Goose plum, River plum, Wild plum.
Shrub-tree

Prunus americana – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, The branch is blooming.
May ↔ June
Catalpa speciosa – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowers on a branch closeup.
Scientific name:

Catalpa speciosa

Common name(s): Northern catalpa, Hardy catalpa, Western catalpa, Cigar tree, Catawba-tree, Bois chavanon.
Tree

Catalpa speciosa – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowers on a branch closeup.
May ↔ June
Rhamnus cathartica – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, young flowers on a branch, the beginning of flowering.
Scientific name:

Rhamnus cathartica

Common name(s): Common buckthorn, European buckthorn, Dahurian buckthorn.
Tree-shrub

Rhamnus cathartica – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, young flowers on a branch, the beginning of flowering.
May ↔ June
Robinia pseudoacacia – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Branch with flowers.
Scientific name:

Robinia pseudoacacia

Common name(s): Black locust, False acacia, Yellow locust, White locust, Green locust, Post locust, Falsa acacia, Robinia.
Tree

Robinia pseudoacacia – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Branch with flowers.
May ↔ June
Viburnum prunifolium – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Sweet haw (Viburnum prunifolium) branch with flowers.
Scientific name:

Viburnum prunifolium

Common name(s): Blackhaw, Black haw, Blackhaw viburnum, Sweet haw, Stag bush, Smooth Blackhaw Viburnum, Stagbush, Viburnum bushii.
Shrub, Tree

Viburnum prunifolium – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Sweet haw (Viburnum prunifolium) branch with flowers.
May ↔ June
Vaccinium angustifolium – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, beautiful white flowers on a branch, summer, close-up.
Scientific name:

Vaccinium angustifolium

Common name(s): Lowbush blueberry, Early low-bush blueberry, Low sweet blueberry.
Shrub

Vaccinium angustifolium – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, beautiful white flowers on a branch, summer, close-up.
May ↔ June
Rubus laciniatus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, beautiful flowers on a branch.
Scientific name:

Rubus laciniatus

Common name(s): Cutleaf blackberry, Evergreen blackberry, Slashed blackberry.
Shrub

Rubus laciniatus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, beautiful flowers on a branch.
May ↔ June
Rubus phoenicolasius – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, the beginning of flowering.
Scientific name:

Rubus phoenicolasius

Common name(s): Wine raspberry, Japanese wineberry, Wineberry.
Shrub

Rubus phoenicolasius – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, the beginning of flowering.
May ↔ June
Malus ioensis – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowering branches of a plant on a background of blue sky.
Scientific name:

Malus ioensis

Common name(s): Bechel crab, Crab apple, Iowa crab, Iowa crab apple, Prairie crab, Prairie crab apple.
Tree, Shrub

Malus ioensis – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowering branches of a plant on a background of blue sky.
May ↔ June
Ajuga reptans – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Stems, leaves and flowers.
Scientific name:

Ajuga reptans

Common name(s): Bugle, Blue bugle, Bugleherb, Bugleweed, Carpetweed, Carpet bugleweed, Common bugle, St. Lawrence plant.
Forb-herb

Ajuga reptans – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Stems, leaves and flowers.
May ↔ June
Rubus idaeus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) little flowers.
Scientific name:

Rubus idaeus

Common name(s): Raspberry, Black-haired red raspberry, Brilliant red raspberry, American red raspberry, Red raspberry, Smoothleaf red raspberry, Wild raspberry, Wild red raspberry, Grayleaf raspberry.
Shrub

Rubus idaeus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) little flowers.
May ↔ July
Rubus parviflorus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry) white flowers towering above the bushes.
Scientific name:

Rubus parviflorus

Common name(s): Thimbleberry, Western thimbleberry.
Shrub

Rubus parviflorus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry) white flowers towering above the bushes.
May ↔ July
Rhus glabra – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, big red flower.
Scientific name:

Rhus glabra

Common name(s): Smooth sumac, Common sumac, Rocky Mountain sumac, Red sumac, Western sumac, White sumac.
Tree-shrub

Rhus glabra – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, big red flower.
May ↔ August
Gleditsia triacanthos – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, branch with flowers.
Scientific name:

Gleditsia triacanthos

Common name(s): Honey locust, Honey shucks locust, Common honeylocust, Sweet bean locust.
Tree

Gleditsia triacanthos – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, branch with flowers.
Early May ↔ Late June
Aronia melanocarpa – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Black chokeberry - flowers on the branch .
Scientific name:

Aronia melanocarpa

Common name(s): Black chokeberry, Rowan, Mountain Ash, Sorbus.
Tree, Shrub

Aronia melanocarpa – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Black chokeberry - flowers on the branch .
Late May ↔ Early June
Prunus serotina – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Black cherry flowering branch.
Scientific name:

Prunus serotina

Common name(s): Black cherry, Wild black cherry, Rum cherry, Mountain black cherry, Wild cherry.
Tree

Prunus serotina – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Black cherry flowering branch.
Late May ↔ Early June
Prunus pensylvanica – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowering branch close-up.
Scientific name:

Prunus pensylvanica

Common name(s): Pin cherry, Fire cherry, Bird cherry.
Tree-shrub

Prunus pensylvanica – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowering branch close-up.
Late May ↔ June
Vaccinium corymbosum – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) flowers closeup.
Scientific name:

Vaccinium corymbosum

Common name(s): Highbush blueberry, High-bush blueberry, Northern highbush blueberry, Tall blueberry, Rabbiteye blueberry, Blue huckleberry, Tall huckleberry, Swamp huckleberry, High blueberry, Swamp blueberry.
Shrub

Vaccinium corymbosum – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) flowers closeup.
Late May ↔ Early August
Tilia americana – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowering linden twig.
Scientific name:

Tilia americana

Common name(s): American basswood, Basswood, Linden.
Tree

Tilia americana – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowering linden twig.
Late May ↔ Early July
Rubus armeniacus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Rubus armeniacus (Himalayan blackberry) branch with flowers. Bumblebee collects nectar..
Scientific name:

Rubus armeniacus

Common name(s): Himalayan blackberry, Rubus discolor, Rubus procerus.
Shrub

Rubus armeniacus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Rubus armeniacus (Himalayan blackberry) branch with flowers. Bumblebee collects nectar..
June ↔ August
Agastache foeniculum – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowering plants.
Scientific name:

Agastache foeniculum

Common name(s): Giant hyssop, Blue giant hyssop, Anise hyssop, Fragrant giant hyssop, Lavender giant hyssop.
Forb-herb, Subshrub

Agastache foeniculum – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Flowering plants.
June ↔ September
Cucumis sativus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, A large, yellow beautiful flower..
Scientific name:

Cucumis sativus

Common name(s): Cucumber, Cetriolo, Gherkin.
Forb-herb, Vine

Cucumis sativus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, A large, yellow beautiful flower..
June ↔ September
Cucumis melo – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, creeping melon stems with delicate yellow flowers.
Scientific name:

Cucumis melo

Common name(s): Cantaloupe, Rockmelon, Sweet melon, Spanspek, Honeydew melon, Honeymelon, Crenshaw, Casaba.
Forb-herb, Vine

Cucumis melo – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, creeping melon stems with delicate yellow flowers.
June ↔ October
Citrullus lanatus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Watermelon flower.
Scientific name:

Citrullus lanatus

Common name(s): Watermelon.
Forb-herb, Vine

Citrullus lanatus – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, Watermelon flower.
June ↔ October
Prunus virginiana – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowering time is coming to an end.
Scientific name:

Prunus virginiana

Common name(s): Chokecherry, Western chokecherry, Common chokecherry, Black chokecherry.
Tree-shrub

Prunus virginiana – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowering time is coming to an end.
June
Diervilla lonicera – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowering branch.
Scientific name:

Diervilla lonicera

Common name(s): Northern bush honeysuckle, Bush-honeysuckle, Dwarf bush-honeysuckle, Herbe bleue.
Shrub

Diervilla lonicera – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowering branch.
Early June ↔ Early August
Aralia spinosa – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowers are waiting for bees.
Scientific name:

Aralia spinosa

Common name(s): Devil's walkingstick, Prickly ash, Hercules club, Angelica tree, Prickly elder, Pick tree, Toothache tree, Shotbush.
Tree, Shrub

Aralia spinosa – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, flowers are waiting for bees.
July ↔ August
Cephalanthus occidentalis – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, peculiar flowers.
Scientific name:

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Common name(s): Common buttonbush, Buttonball, Buttonbush, Button willow, Riverbush, Honey-bells.
Shrub, Tree

Cephalanthus occidentalis – description, flowering period and time in Illinois, peculiar flowers.
July ↔ August