Botanical Family Sapindaceae

Bloom Time February – May

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Round

Pollen Color Greenish Tan, light olive

Honey Bee Resource

Pollen Source • • • 

Nectar Source N/A

The honey made from Acer is typically pale amber in color. Maple trees are important to honey bees for early brood rearing.

Pollen Load Identification 

The pollen load for Acer negundo is typically large, and pollen collection causes pollen dusting on the honey bee’s head and antennae, and the posterior of the abdomen.


Hodges, D. (1952). The pollen loads of the honey bee: a guide to their identification by colour and form. London: Bee Research Assoc. Ltd.

Sammataro, D. and Harman, A. (2013). “Major Flowers Important to Honey Bees in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States”. AlphaGraphics, Tucson, AZ.

Full Acer negundo tree photo contributed by Mount Cuba


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