Virginia State Beekeepers Association
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PHENOLOGY OF VIRGINIA NECTAR SOURCES BY MONTH

The following is a list of the timing of flowering plant bloom across the state of Virginia, courtesy of the University of Virginia. See the complete list at: www.virginia.edu/blandy/weblooms/edu.

January

  • Hamamelis vernalis witch hazel

February

  • Jasminum sp. jasmine

March

  • Acer rubrum red maple
  • Buxus spp. boxwoods
  • Celtis spp. hackberries
  • Chaenomeles spp. flowering quince
  • Cornus officinalis cornel dogwood
  • Magnolia spp. magnolias
  • Narcissus spp. daffodils
  • Populus sp. gray poplar
  • Prunus spp. cherries

April

  • Amelanchier laevis serviceberry
  • Chaenomeles spp. flowering quince
  • Magnolia spp. magnolias
  • Mahonia sp. Oregon grape
  • Malus spp. crabapples
  • Poncirus trifoliata hardy-orange
  • Prunus spp. cherries
  • Rhododendron spp. rhododendron
  • Viburnum spp. viburnums

May

  • Acer spp. maples
  • Aesculus spp. buckeyes
  • Aesculus hippocastanum horse chestnut
  • Calycanthus spp. sweet shrub
  • Halesia spp. silverbells
  • Ilex opaca American holly
  • Juglans spp. walnuts
  • Kalmia latifolia mountain laurel
  • Liriodendron spp. tulip poplars
  • Magnolia acuminata cucumber magnolia
  • Malus spp. crab apples
  • Morus spp.mulberries
  • Paulownia tomentosa empress tree
  • Philadelphus sp. mock orange
  • Physocarpus sp. ninebark
  • Prunus serotina black cherry
  • Syringa spp. lilacs

June

  • Castanea spp. chestnuts
  • Diervilla lonicera native bush honeysuckle
  • Indigofera sp. indigo
  • Kalmia latifolia mountain laurel
  • Magnolia grandiflora southern magnolia
  • Opuntia spp. prickly pear
  • Rhododendron spp. rhododendrons
  • Sambucus spp. elderberry
  • Syringea spp. lilacs
  • Yucca filamentosa yucca

July

  • Hemerocallis hybrids daylilies
  • Hibiscus sp. hibiscus
  • Magnolia grandiflora southern magnolia
  • Oxydendrum arboreum sourwood

August

  • Campsis radicans trumpet creeper
  • Hydrangea spp. hydrangea

September

  • Hamamelis virginiana witch hazel
  • Lagerstroemia sp. crape myrtle

October

  • Hamamelis virginiana witch hazel

The VSBA is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and advancing beekeeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership in the VSBA is open to beekeepers and non-beekeepers, alike. Annual membership dues are $12.00 per individual/family or $10.00 through local associations. In addition to other benefits, members receive a quarterly newsletter.

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Among Beekeepers in the Commonwealth of Virginia

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