What plants or trees do not attract Japanese Beetles

Asked April 13, 2018, 5:23 PM EDT

Our condominium is making landscaping decisions and want to maintain control of the Japanese Beetle population by planting things that do not attract the beetles. We're thinking of some serviceberry (juneberry) trees and some arborvitae shrubs at this time. Do the beetles like either of these. Also, does the U of M publish a list of recommended plants which do not attract the beetles?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Hi and thank you for your question. Japanese beetles are a growing problem and it is good to think about them when selecting trees.

I would not plant a Serviceberry as they have been known to be a target of the beetles. The arborvitae are a good choice as are any pine.

There was not a list of trees for this requirement from the U of M that I could locate but I will pass the idea along. Here are some ideas and links to resources that can help you research trees in more detail.

Magnolia, Redbud, Lilac are nice smaller spring flowering trees to think about. Northern red oak, Red maple, Shagbark hickory, or White poplar are good larger trees that should be ok.

It does help to know your light conditions, soil conditions/moisture, or potential road salt issues. And any goals you have for shade, height, or privacy, etc.