A Red Maple in my yard began flowering today, March 11, 2015. This is one of the most important spring nectar and pollen plants for honey bees in our area. Its flowering marks the main start of the season. Maple trees are important to build the colonies up in population by providing a large supply of carbohydrate, nectar and protein from the pollen. Colonies don’t often produce surplus honey from Maple trees due to rainy cool weather, but these trees are still one of the most important plants for a good honey season.