As the saying goes, ‘the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago’. It makes sense since it can take a tree many years to mature.
But butterflies can’t wait that long to find the trees they need for host plants. Very small trees still in pots waiting to be planted in the ground can be found and used by butterflies to lay their eggs (See the video, ‘Zebra Swallowtail Finds Pawpaw Trees’).
Benefits of Planting Host Trees
Trees are some of the most prolific host plants. In his book, Bringing Nature Home (available on Amazon), Doug Tallamy lists Oak trees in the number one spot of woody plants capable of supporting Lepidoptera – over 500 species of both butterflies and moths!
Trees enhance our gardens and yards by providing shade and beauty, protection, shelter, and food for butterflies and other wildlife. Adding trees to your landscape is a great way to attract various wildlife to your outdoor living space.