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 Iowa, 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 Iowa, blooming pink flowers of cercis canadensis.
February ↔ May
Acer saccharinum – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, branch with flowers, early spring.
February ↔ May
Ulmus americana – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Spring branch with blooming flowers.
March ↔ Early April
Acer negundo – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, this plant begins to bloom simultaneously with the appearance of leaves.
March ↔ May
Pyrus communis – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Pear blossoms in white, inflorescence closeup.
March ↔ May
Salix nigra – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Earrings and green leaves on a branch.
March ↔ May
Salix lucida – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, One beautiful catkin, close up.
Late March ↔ June
Amelanchier arborea – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, delicate white flowers.
April ↔ May
Malus domestica – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Flowers stuck to the apple tree branch.
April ↔ May
Acer saccharum – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, branches strewn with flowers.
April ↔ May
Prunus americana – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, The branch is blooming.
April ↔ May
Populus tremuloides – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, long catkins hanging from a branch.
Scientific name:

Populus tremuloides

Common name(s): Quaking aspen, Trembling aspen, Aspen, American aspen, Mountain aspen, Golden aspen, Trembling poplar, White poplar, Popple, Alamo Blanco.
Tree

Populus tremuloides – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, long catkins hanging from a branch.
April ↔ May
Salix bebbiana – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Flowering plant.
April ↔ June
Prunus pumila – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Young, only blossoming and already blossoming flowers on a branch with green foliage..
April ↔ June
Liriodendron tulipifera – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, bright tuliptree flower on a branch.
April ↔ June
Salix discolor – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Flowering plant, contrasting background.
Late April ↔ Early May
Acer rubrum – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, flowers on a branch closeup.
Late April ↔ Early May
Celtis occidentalis – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, the beginning of the flowering season, buds bloom.
Late April ↔ Early May
Salix lutea – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, flowering branch close-up.
Scientific name:

Salix lutea

Common name(s): Yellow willow.
Tree

Salix lutea – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, flowering branch close-up.
Late April ↔ Early June
Salix amygdaloides – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, flowers and leaves close-up.
May
Vaccinium angustifolium – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, beautiful white flowers on a branch, summer, close-up.
May ↔ Early June
Catalpa speciosa – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, flowers on a branch closeup.
May ↔ June
Rhamnus cathartica – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, young flowers on a branch, the beginning of flowering.
May ↔ June
Robinia pseudoacacia – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Branch with flowers.
May ↔ June
Viburnum prunifolium – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Sweet haw (Viburnum prunifolium) branch with flowers.
May ↔ June
Malus ioensis – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Flowering branches of a plant on a background of blue sky.
May ↔ June
Acer spicatum – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, Plant flowers on a contrasting background.
Scientific name:

Acer spicatum

Common name(s): Mountain maple, Low maple, Moose maple, Water maple, Plaine batarde, Fouereux.
Tree, Shrub

Acer spicatum – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, Plant flowers on a contrasting background.
May ↔ June
Astragalus – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, delicate flowers in a pine forest.
Scientific name:

Astragalus

Common name(s): Milkvetch, Locoweed, Goat's-thorn.
Herb, Shrub

Astragalus – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, delicate flowers in a pine forest.
May ↔ June
Ajuga reptans – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Stems, leaves and flowers.
May ↔ June
Rubus idaeus – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) little flowers.
May ↔ July


May bloom now!
Rubus parviflorus – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry) white flowers towering above the bushes.
May ↔ July


May bloom now!
Rhus glabra – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, big red flower.
May ↔ August


May bloom now!
Brassica napus – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, small delicate flowers.
Scientific name:

Brassica napus

Common name(s): Rapeseed.
Forb, Herb

Brassica napus – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, small delicate flowers.
May ↔ September


May bloom now!
Sinapis arvensis – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, delicate yellow flowers bloom.
Scientific name:

Sinapis arvensis

Common name(s): Charlock mustard, California rape, Charlock, Corn mustard, Canola, Kaber mustard, Rapeseed mustard.
Forb, Herb

Sinapis arvensis – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, delicate yellow flowers bloom.
May ↔ October


May bloom now!
Gleditsia triacanthos – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, branch with flowers.
Early May ↔ Late June
Aronia melanocarpa – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Black chokeberry - flowers on the branch .
Late May ↔ Early June
Prunus serotina – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Black cherry flowering branch.
Late May ↔ Early June
Prunus pensylvanica – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, flowering branch close-up.
Late May ↔ June
Asclepias tuberosa – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, Closeup showing unopened, opening, and fully opened flower buds.
Scientific name:

Asclepias tuberosa

Common name(s): Butterflyweed, Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Milkweed, Pleurisy Root, Chigger Flower, Canada root, Fluxroot, Indian paintbrush, Indian posy, Orange root, Orange Swallow-wort, Tuber root, Yellow milkweed, White-root, Windroot, Butterfly love.
Forb, Herb

Asclepias tuberosa – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, Closeup showing unopened, opening, and fully opened flower buds.
Late May ↔ Early September


May bloom now!
Tilia americana – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, Flowering linden twig.
Scientific name:

Tilia americana

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

Tilia americana – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, Flowering linden twig.
Late May ↔ Early July


May bloom now!
Amorpha fruticosa – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, small flowers collected in thick long brushes.
Scientific name:

Amorpha fruticosa

Common name(s): Desert false indigo, False indigo-bush, Bastard indigobush, Indigo Bush.
Shrub

Amorpha fruticosa – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, small flowers collected in thick long brushes.
June ↔ July


May bloom now!
Asclepias syriaca – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, pinkish-lilac, fragrant flowers, collected in large umbrella-shaped inflorescences.
Scientific name:

Asclepias syriaca

Common name(s): Сommon milkweed, Butterfly flower, Silkweed, Silky swallow-wort, Virginia silkweed.
Forb, Herb

Asclepias syriaca – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, pinkish-lilac, fragrant flowers, collected in large umbrella-shaped inflorescences.
June ↔ August


May bloom now!
Brassica rapa – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, the beginning of the flowering period.
Scientific name:

Brassica rapa

Common name(s): Field mustard, Common mustard, Wild mustard, Wild turnip, Forage turnip, Wild rutabaga, Birdsrape mustard, Rape mustard.
Forb, Herb

Brassica rapa – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, the beginning of the flowering period.
June ↔ August


May bloom now!
Cirsium arvense – description, flowering period and time in Iowa,.
Scientific name:

Cirsium arvense

Common name(s): Creeping Thistle, Canada thistle, Field thistle, California thistle, Lettuce from hell thistle, Corn thistle, Cursed thistle, Green thistle, Hard thistle, Perennial thistle, Prickly thistle, Small-flowered thistle, Way thistle, Stinger-needles.
Forb, Herb

Cirsium arvense – description, flowering period and time in Iowa,.
June ↔ August


May bloom now!
Echium vulgare – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, Flowering plant - a very valuable honey plant.
Scientific name:

Echium vulgare

Common name(s): Viper's bugloss, Blueweed, Blue thistle.
Forb, Herb

Echium vulgare – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, Flowering plant - a very valuable honey plant.
June ↔ August


May bloom now!
Agastache foeniculum – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, Flowering plants.
June ↔ September


May bloom now!
Prunus virginiana – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, flowering time is coming to an end.
June
Diervilla lonicera – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, flowering branch.
Early June ↔ Early July


May bloom now!
Cephalanthus occidentalis – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, 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 Iowa, peculiar flowers.
July ↔ August


May bloom now!
Asteraceae – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, lonely flower in the meadow.
Scientific name:

Asteraceae

Common name(s): Aster, Daisy, Composite.
Herb, Shrub

Asteraceae – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, lonely flower in the meadow.
August ↔ October
Allium tuberosum – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, thick spherical umbrellas.
Scientific name:

Allium tuberosum

Common name(s): Garlic chives, Oriental garlic, Asian chives, Chinese chives, Chinese leek.
Crop, Forb

Allium tuberosum – description, flowering period and time in Iowa, thick spherical umbrellas.
Late August ↔ Early September