Bee Friendly: Gardens, Trees, Flowers and Shrubs

The honey bee cannot survive without the help of humans, and we cannot survive without the honey bee. More than one third of what we eat and three quarters of the diversity relies on bee pollination, and so do billions of dollars in export earnings. Bees in New Zealand and all around the world are being critically threatened by Varroa, Pesticides, Disease and loss of habitat.

You can help support the honey bees by planting bee friendly trees, flowers and shrubs in your gardens.

Wild Forage

Wild Forage are selling a Wildflower Bee Friendly seed mix which contains annuals that will provide food for bees all season long. All proceeds from the sale of these seeds go to the National Beekeepers' Association of New Zealand, to Help NZ Bees.

These wildflowers will provide food for bees all season long. Sow directly into a sunny area from spring to autumn.

Calendula, Cornflower, Aster, Clarkia, Coreopsis, Cynoglossum, Gaillardia, Gilla, Linaria, linum, Lobularia, Malcomia, Nemophita, Papaver & Reseda.

Trees for Bees NZ

This is a National Resource for Bee friendly Gardens and Farms

New Zealand Trees for Bees Research Trust

Basic trees for Bees

Some of our native New Zealand trees that bees love.

Trees Under 5 metres Trees 5 to 10 metres Trees 0ver 10 metres
  • Lacebark (Hoheria populnea)
  • Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)
  • Napaka (Hebe speciosa)
  • NZ Flax (Phormium tenax)
  • Three Finger (Pseudopanax colensol)
  • Five Finger (Pseudopanax arboreus)
  • Heketara (Olearia rani)
  • Kohuhu (Pittosparum tenuifolium)
  • Lemonwood (Pittosporum eugebioides)
  • Cabbage tree (Cordyline australis)
  • Kanuka (Kunzea ericoides)
  • Tawari (lxerba brexioides)
  • Weeping Kowhai (Sophora microphylla)