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
Scientific name:

Acer rubrum

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

Acer rubrum – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, flowers on a branch closeup. February ↔ March
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 Tennessee, Earrings and green leaves on a branch. February ↔ March
Scientific name:

Acer saccharinum

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

Acer saccharinum – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, branch with flowers, early spring. February ↔ April
Scientific name:

Cercis canadensis

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

Cercis canadensis – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, blooming pink flowers of cercis canadensis. February ↔ May
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 Tennessee, Flowers bloom at the same time as leaves appear. February ↔ May
Scientific name:

Aronia arbutifolia

Common name(s): Red chokeberry.
Shrub

Aronia arbutifolia – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, Plant begins to bloom. February ↔ May
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 Tennessee, delicate white flowers. March
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 Tennessee, Spring branch with blooming flowers. March ↔ Early April
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 Tennessee, Black cherry flowering branch. March ↔ April
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 Tennessee, The branch is blooming. March ↔ April
Scientific name:

Pyrus communis

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

Pyrus communis – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, Pear blossoms in white, inflorescence closeup. March ↔ May
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 Tennessee, the beginning of flowering, branch. March ↔ May
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 Tennessee, this plant begins to bloom simultaneously with the appearance of leaves. March ↔ May
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 Tennessee, Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) flowers closeup. March ↔ May
Scientific name:

Malus domestica

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

Malus domestica – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, Flowers stuck to the apple tree branch. April ↔ Early May
Scientific name:

Prunus cerasus

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

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

Prunus pumila

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

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

Acer saccharum

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

Acer saccharum – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, branches strewn with flowers. April ↔ June
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 Tennessee, bright tuliptree flower on a branch. April ↔ June
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 Tennessee, the beginning of the flowering season, buds bloom. Late April ↔ Early May
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 Tennessee, Сloseup flowers. Late April ↔ May
Scientific name:

Acer platanoides

Common name(s): Norway maple.
Tree

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

Acer pensylvanicum

Common name(s): Striped maple, Moosewood, Goosefoot maple, Whistlewood.
Tree, Shrub

Acer pensylvanicum – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, flowers and leaves close-up. May ↔ June
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 Tennessee, Plant flowers on a contrasting background. May ↔ June
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 Tennessee, Sweet haw (Viburnum prunifolium) branch with flowers. May ↔ June
Scientific name:

Rhamnus cathartica

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

Rhamnus cathartica – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, young flowers on a branch, the beginning of flowering. May ↔ June
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 Tennessee, Branch with flowers. May ↔ June
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 Tennessee, flowers on a branch closeup. May ↔ June
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 Tennessee, beautiful white flowers on a branch, summer, close-up. May ↔ June
Scientific name:

Rubus canadensis

Common name(s): Smooth blackberry, Thornless blackberry, Canadian blackberry, Smooth highbush blackberry.
Shrub

Rubus canadensis – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, pink flower close-up. May ↔ June
Scientific name:

Rubus laciniatus

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

Rubus laciniatus – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, beautiful flowers on a branch. May ↔ June
Scientific name:

Rubus phoenicolasius

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

Rubus phoenicolasius – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, the beginning of flowering. May ↔ June
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 Tennessee, Stems, leaves and flowers. May ↔ June
Scientific name:

Astragalus

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

Astragalus – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, delicate flowers in a pine forest. May ↔ June
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 Tennessee, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) little flowers. May ↔ July
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 Tennessee, big red flower. May ↔ August
Scientific name:

Brassica napus

Common name(s): Rapeseed.
Forb, Herb

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


May bloom now!
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 Tennessee, delicate yellow flowers bloom. May ↔ October


May bloom now!
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 Tennessee, branch with flowers. Early May ↔ Late June
Scientific name:

Aronia melanocarpa

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

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

Prunus pensylvanica

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

Prunus pensylvanica – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, flowering branch close-up. Late May ↔ June
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 Tennessee, Closeup showing unopened, opening, and fully opened flower buds. Late May ↔ Early September


May bloom now!
Scientific name:

Tilia americana

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

Tilia americana – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, Flowering linden twig. Late May ↔ Early July
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 Tennessee, small flowers collected in thick long brushes. June ↔ July
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 Tennessee, pinkish-lilac, fragrant flowers, collected in large umbrella-shaped inflorescences. June ↔ August
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 Tennessee, the beginning of the flowering period. June ↔ August
Scientific name:

Echium vulgare

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

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

Rubus armeniacus

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

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

Borago officinalis

Common name(s): Borage, Starflower, Common borage, Cool-tankard, Tailwort.
Forb, Herb

Borago officinalis – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, the bee collects pollen. June ↔ October


May bloom now!
Scientific name:

Citrullus lanatus

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

Citrullus lanatus – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, Watermelon flower. June ↔ October


May bloom now!
Scientific name:

Prunus virginiana

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

Prunus virginiana – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, flowering time is coming to an end. June
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 Tennessee, flowering branch. Early June ↔ Early July
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 Tennessee, flowers are waiting for bees. July ↔ August
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 Tennessee, peculiar flowers. July ↔ August
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 Tennessee,. July ↔ October


May bloom now!
Scientific name:

Asteraceae

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

Asteraceae – description, flowering period and time in Tennessee, lonely flower in the meadow. August ↔ October


May bloom now!