Dioecious Native Shrubs for Wildlife
If you’re eager to support pollinators and other wildlife by planting native shrubs, it’s important to know a little bit about their sex lives.
Dioecious plants have male and female flowers on separate plants. Male flowers produce pollen, an essential proetin-rich food for early emerging native bees and other pollinators. Female flowers will form seeds (and berries) only if fertilized by the male pollen. Both attract their insect go-betweens with sweet nectar.
Read all about it in my article, published in The American Gardener