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Deciduous Trees in Colorado that Attract Butterflies


Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)

- Elevation range: 4,000-8,000 ft

- Prefers full sun to partial shade

- Large, fast-growing tree reaching 40-60 ft tall

- Produces showy white flowers in spring that attract butterflies

- Provides excellent cover and resting spots for butterflies with its large, heart-shaped leaves


Western Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

- Elevation range: 5,000-8,000 ft

- Prefers full sun to partial shade

- Small, multi-trunked tree growing 20-30 ft tall

- Bears vibrant pink flowers in early spring that butterflies love

- Leaves turn beautiful yellow in fall, adding seasonal interest


Little-leaf Linden (Tilia cordata)

- Elevation range: 5,000-8,000 ft

- Prefers full sun to partial shade

- Stately tree reaching 30-50 ft in height

- Produces small, fragrant yellow flowers in spring that attract butterflies

- Offers ample shade and shelter with its large, heart-shaped leaves


Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

- Elevation range: 5,000-8,000 ft

- Prefers full sun to partial shade

- Deciduous shrub growing 8-15 ft tall

- Clusters of fragrant purple or white flowers in spring provide nectar for butterflies

- Large, heart-shaped leaves offer shelter and resting spots


Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.)

- Elevation range: 5,000-9,000 ft

- Prefers full sun to partial shade

- Multi-stemmed tree or shrub reaching 15-25 ft tall

- Abundant white flowers in early spring attract butterflies

- Leaves turn brilliant red, orange, and purple in fall


Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

- Elevation range: 5,600-11,000 ft

- Prefers full sun to partial shade

- Tall, slender tree growing 30-65 ft high

- Smooth, greenish-white bark and small, dense leaves provide ideal butterfly habitat

- Offers beautiful yellow fall foliage


Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

- Elevation range: 5,000-8,000 ft

- Prefers full sun to partial shade

- Small, multi-trunked tree growing 20-30 ft tall

- Vibrant pink flowers in early spring attract butterflies

- Leaves turn yellow in fall


By incorporating a variety of these deciduous trees into Colorado landscapes, gardeners and homeowners can create inviting habitats that support diverse butterfly populations throughout the seasons.



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