2 – Butterfly Bush
2 – Sweet Crabapple or Magenta Crabapple
2 – Hansen’s Bush Cherry
2 – Rugosa Rose
Wholesale prices on this would be around $75+ with shipping & tax, retail around $135+
How about some diverse pollinator attractant plants that improve curbside appeal and beautify at the same time? Flowers and fruit! This package is best grown in zones 5-8.
Butterfly Bush – Buddleia sp.
USDA 5-9 Known as summer lilac, this shrub grows 5′-10′ tall and once established, if cut to the ground can grow an astonishing 5′-8′ in a single season. It’s a very hardy plant that tolerates a wide variety of soil types and growing conditions. Most commonly lilac colored with orange in the throat of the flower, sometimes pink, with other colors ranging from red, through purple shades to white. You will receive rooted starts, they will be small but with a couple years of care will quickly establish themselves as hardy and robust pollinator attractant plants for your garden! Rooted cutting.
Sweet Crabapple – Malus coronaria
Or – Magenta Crabapple – Malus pumila x niedzwetzkyana and baccata
USDA 4-8 Beautiful spring flowers bring honeybees and other beneficial pollinators flocking to the area to feast on nectar and pollen. This native american crabapple has a large range from Canada down to southern Georgia and as far west as Colorado. Hardy and resilient, it produces small fruit from 1″-1.5″ diameter that are acidic and high in pectin. Mainly used for jellies and to add to low pectin jellies and preserves, but can be eaten raw when fully ripe. Fantastic winter food source for birds and squirrels, beautiful ornamental that produces useful fruit and dense wood. Useful as a hardy and disease resistant rootstock for apples.
Magenta USDA 4-8 Beautiful pink to magenta spring flowers bring honeybees and other beneficial pollinators to the area, fruit is attractive to songbirds and upland game birds. Fruit is smaller than coronaria “1/2″, but equally as useful.
Bare root seedling 6″-12”.
Hansen’s bush cherry – Prunus besseyi
USDA 3-8 A great addition to any homestead or small farm. It’s a hardy plant so it can take a little abuse or neglect which is perfect for new or aspiring homesteaders or those of us who tend to kill plants (myself included). It’s a great addition to the elderberry syrup or as a standalone jelly. They’re both great for home brewing if that’s your thing. Slightly astringent flavor which pairs very well with apple and grape. Other uses are as a productive and cold hardy plum rootstock to graft onto. (except damson and victoria plums) Bare root seedling 6″-12″.
Rugosa Rose – Rosa rugosa
USDA 3-9 While extremely thorny, this rose produces delicious fruit called rosehips that are high in vitamin C and make a fantastic tea by themselves. The seeds can be dried and ground up for use as a great source of vitamin E. Hardy and prolific, the plan can handle a vast array of growing conditions and climates. The flowers are a great attractant for beneficial insects like honeybees. So if you’re looking for something that can serve multiple purposes, put this as a hedge along bottom story windows as a passive defense that produces a bunch of high vitamin C tea ingredients while feeding your bee population all summer long. Bare root seedling 6″-12″.