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List of Honey Bee Forage Species within Region 11 for the State of GA

Ordered by Begin Bloom Month

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USDA codeFamilyLatin NameCommon NamePlant TypeBegin Bloom MonthEnd Bloom MonthSig
TAOFCAsteraceaeTaraxacumDandelion, blow-ballsF210N
VACCIEricaceaeVacciniumBlueberry, huckleberrySDB26N
ULMUSUlmaceaeUlmusElmTDB24N
RUBUSRosaceaeRubusBlackberryS, C36N
ACNE2AceraceaeAcer negundoBox elder, ash-leavedTDB34N
MALUSRosaceaeMalusAppleTDB35N
TRIN3FabaceaeTrifolium incarnatumCrimson / Italian cloverF47N
TRRE3FabaceaeTrifolium repensWhite, dutch cloverF410N
GAYLUEricaceaeGaylussaciaHuckleberryS46N
LIGUS2OleaceaeLigustrumPrivet, hedge plantS47Y
LITUMagnoliaceaeLiriodendron tulipiferaTulip tree, poplar, whitewoodTDB46Y
NYSSANyssaceaeNyssaTupelo, blackgum, ogeechee-limeTDB46N
PRAVRosaceaePrunusCherry (uncultivated)TDB45N
CILALCucurbitaceaeCitrullus lanatuswatermelonC58N
RHUSAnacardiaceaeRhusSumac, sugar bush, lemonade berryS58N
TILIATiliaceaeTiliaBasswood, lime tree, whitewoodTDB57Y
ASTERAsteraceaeAsterAsterF611N
SOLIDAsteraceaeSolidagoGoldenrodF711N

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Plant Type codes:

Sig column

      T    - tree
    TDB - tree, deciduous broadleaf
    TEN - tree, evergreen needleleaf
    TEB - tree, evergreen broadleaf
      S    - shrub
    SEB - shrub, evergreen broadleaf
    SDB - shrub, deciduous broadleaf
      V    - vine
    VDB - vine, deciduous broadleaf
      G    - grass
      F    - forb (herbaceous flowering plants, non-woody)
      C    - crops/cultivated
   This column indicates whether or not the species is considered a very important nectar source species within the state and region selected. If it is a significant source, it is indicated here with a 'Y' and the row is highlighted.

In this context, important is defined by Ayers and Harman as those species that "reliably produce a large percent of the harvested honey" within the selected region.

 
 

 For those wishing to see more detailed information about any species in the list, please visit the USDA PLANTS Database web site and search by any of the first three columns from the table.

 
This output was derived from Ayers and Harman, Chapter 11 (Bee Forage of North America and the Potential for Planting for Bees) of The Hive and the Honey Bee, 1992, Graham, J. ed. Dadant and Sons Inc. Hamilton, Illinois.
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