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Planting for Biodiversity

Planting for Biodiversity

Our native insects play an incredibly important role in our ecosystem and this webinar touches on

-Types of insects in our landscapes

-The complex and essential role they play in our ecosystem

-Plant material that serve as hosts for these tiny creature’s life cycles


See the class notes and full plant list with descriptions here.



Additional Resources:


Native Species 101

Native Species 201

Planting for Pollinators

For the Birds

Introduction to Foundation Plants




InsectsTheir Natural History and Diversity: A Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America by Stephen A. Marshall

Field Guide to Insects and Spiders-The Audubon Society

100 Plants to Feed the Bees-The Xerces Society

Butterflies of Tennessee by Rita Venable

Planting Natives to Attract Birds To Your Yard by Sharon Sorenson

Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and other Backyard Wildlife-National Wildlife Federation




National Wildlife Federation Native Plant Finder

Audubon Society

Tennessee Smart Yards




Plants Mentioned in this Webinar:

Large Trees:

Acer Rubrum (Red Maple)

Betula Nigra (River Birch)

Carya (Hickory)

Celtis occidentalis (Hackberry)

Diospyros kaki Americana (Persimmon)

Fagus grandifolia (Beech)

Juglans nigra (Black Walnut)

Prunus serotina (Black Cherry)

Quercus (Oak)

Tilia americana (Linden)



Smaller Trees:

Amelanchlier (Serviceberry)

Asimina triloba (Paw Paw)

Cercis canadensis (Redbud)

Cornus florida (Dogwood)

Corylus americana (Hazelnut)

Crataegus (Hawthorne)

Rhamnus carolinania (Carolina Buckthorne)

Prunus americana/ Prunus virginiana (Cherry)

Magnolia virginiana (Sweetbay Magnolia)

Morus Rubra (Red Mulberry)




Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye)

Aronia arbutifolia (Chokeberry)

Euonymus americana (Hearts-a-Bursting Euonymus)

Hamamelidaceae (Witch Hazel)

Lindera (Spicebush)


Native Deciduous Azalea

Rosa Carolina

Swamp Rose

Sambucus americana (Elderberry)

Vaccinium (Blueberry)


Rubus (Blackberry)




Achillea (Yarrow)

Asclepias (Milkweed)

Aquilegia canadensis (Columbine)


Baptisia (False Indigo)

Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed)

Helianthus (Sunflowers)

Hibiscus/Rose Mallow

Iris Cristata (Crested Iris)

Liatris (Blazing Stars)

Lobelia (Cardinal Flower)

Monarda (Bee Balm)

Oenothera (Evening Primrose)

Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan)

Solidago (Goldenrod)

Vernonia (Ironweed)

Viola (Violet)

Yucca filamentosa Adams' needle


Carex (Sedge)

Panicum (Switchgrass)


Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern)

Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern)

Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)







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