When Red Maple Trees bloom..bees grow
Early spring, when a honey bee colony is in need of fresh nectar and pollen. In some regions, the time when red maple trees bloom signals the beginning of Spring. Even though it make still read January on the calendar.
Red Maple Blooms Help Build Honey Bee Colonies
A valuable early food source for honeybees, red maple blooms appear while winter still has the land in its grip. In my area, this bloom can occur in early January. A reddish tint will begin to show in the tops of the trees. The tiny bloom of the red maple would likely go unnoticed if the tree possessed any leaves. However, the bare tree limbs hold only the tiny red blossoms.
When I see the Red Maple tree in bloom, I realize that Spring has arrived for the honeybee colonies. Yes, it may still be winter on the human calendar. But the bees are planning for Spring. The increasing length of the day and the influx of fresh pollen and nectar will encourage the queen bee to lay eggs.
The red maple will not provide any honey for us but it is an important early nectar/pollen source for our building colonies.
Native or Planted Red Maple Trees
I am lucky to live in an area where Red Maple trees dot the landscape naturally. If you see the bloom begin in your area, you can really begin to plan for the Spring bee season. Do you like to promote plants that provide food for your bees and other pollinators. If so, you are in luck.
Later in the season, bees will look for food anywhere they can find it.
A tree can provide much more food for bees and take up less space in your yard. If you would like to have more Red Maple blooms for your honey bees, you can purchase the trees and plant them around your location. The best time to plant red maple trees is fall or very early Spring. The Red Maple is a fast growing tree . You will have nectar producing red maple blooms in a few short years.