Fruit Trees and Honeybees
There are a variety of fruit trees, both native and introduced, in the Midwest. Plum, pawpaw, persimmon, crabapple, and black cherry trees grow wild. Cherry, pear, and apple trees are grown in managed orchards. There are many ornamental varieties of cherry and pear trees grown in yards for their landscape value. These trees may or may not produce nectar depending on the particular variety.
Honeybees are often used as pollinators for managed orchards. Farmers will pay a pollination fee to the beekeeper, who will bring in an agreed upon number of hives during the spring bloom in April and May.