Trees, Shrubs and Vines That Attract Butterflies

Here are a few favorite trees, shrubs and woody vines that attract butterflies. Some provide nectar for adult butterflies. Others serve as host plants for butterfly larvae. Every good butterfly garden should include both nectar sources and larval sites.

SHRUBS

Summersweet

Goat’s beard

Butterfly bush

Bottlebrush buckeye

Scarlet Beauty sweetspire

‘Henry’s Garnet’ sweetspire

Soapweed yucca

Spicebush

Manzanita

 

TREES

Sweetbay magnolia

The Rising Sun redbud

 

WOODY VINES

Dutchman’s pipevine

Yellow jessamine

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Find step-by-step instructions and illustrations for a variety of shrub-related projects in Horticulture Smart Gardening Techniques: Shrubs.

Discover new trees and shrubs that attract butterflies in Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs.

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