Why Choose Native?

While Native species offer countless benefits to our natural wildlife, insects and soil health, they also offer a wide variety of benefits to those who choose to plant them.

Benefits of Native Trees & Shrubs:

  • Attracts beneficial native insects, which in turn will attract native birds and other wildlife
  • Creates ‘stopover’ habitat for more than 120 species of migratory birds
  • Restores biodiversity and allows the natural ecosystem to function without interruption
  • Benefits the local food web
  • Long living trees are capable of storing carbon
  • Requires less water! Since Native species are adapted to our local climate, they don’t require the same amount of water as a non-native species
  • Less maintenance! Again, since these species are adapted, they require less fertilization and attention. Less fertilizer applied to the soil makes for a healthier property, for nature and for you!
  • Provides support for our native pollinators! As we all know, our native bee populations are in decline. Planting appropriate species and having a fresh water source can be your part of helping to restore our populations!

See below for a list of pollinators that can be found at Baker Forestry Services

Pollinator Species by Size

Canopy TreeĀ 

  1. Sugar MapleĀ (Acer saccharum)
  2. Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
  3. Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
  4. Basswood (Tilia americana)

Small Trees

  1. Pin Cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)

Large Shrubs

  1. Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis)
  2. Alternate-Leaved Dogwood (Cornus alernifolia)
  3. Round-Leaved Dogwood (Cornus rugosa)
  4. Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
  5. Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)
  6. Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)
  7. Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

Shrubs

  1. Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
  2. Buttonbush (Ceanothus occidentalis)
  3. Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)
  4. Gray Dogwood (Cornus racemosa)
  5. Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
  6. Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
  7. Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
  8. Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
  9. Smooth Rose (Rosa blanda)
  10. Meadowsweet (Spirea alba)
  11. Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)

Be sure to check out our ‘Products & Services’ page for a full list of species!