One of the best ways to fight Japanese beetles in your property is to install Japanese beetle resistant plants.  Some plants attract Japanese beetles and others do not.  If you don’t want to spray for these pests, consider installing Japanese beetle resistant plants.

Plants and trees that are not Japanese beetle resistant plants.

  • Birch tree
  • Black Walnut tree
  • Elm tree
  • Grape’s
  • Hollyhock
  • Horsechestnut
  • Linden tree
  • LombardyPoplar tree
  • London Planetree
  • Norway Maple tree
  • Japanese Maple tree
  • Mountain Ash tree
  • Rose

Shrubs and trees that are Japanese beetle resistant plants.

Japanese Beetle Resistant Plants

  • Ash tree
  • Boxelder
  • Boxwood
  • Arborvitae
  • Spruce trees
  • Pine trees
  • Fir trees
  • Yew
  • Juniper’s
  • Dogwood
  • Euonymus
  • Hickory
  • Holly
  • Lilac
  • Magnolia
  • Red Maple tree
  • Silver Maple tree
  • Mulberry tree
  • Black Oak
  • Red Oak
  • Scarlet Oak
  • White Oak

Crabapple trees can be separated into three classes: high resistance, moderate resistance, and highly susceptible.  Japanese beetle resistant plants should be used instead of highly susceptible varieties.  Choosing the right variety of crabapple tree for your property can reduce or eliminate Japanese beetle damage.  Some highly resistant crabapple trees are: Ann E., Bob White, Brandywing, Canar, Candied Apple, Centrurion, Harvest Gold, Jack, Jewelberry, Louisa, Prairiefire, Red Jewel, Sargent, Silverdrift, Tea, White Angle and White Cascade.  Some moderately resistant crabapple trees are:  Candymint, David, Indian Summer, Japanese, Molten Lava, Ormiston Roy, Profusion, Redbud, Sinai Fire and Snowdrift.  Some highly susceptible crabapple trees are:  Adams, Baskatong, Donald Wyman, Doubloons, Indian Magic, Liset, Madonna, Mary Potter, Prairie Maid, Robinson, Selkirk, Sentinel, Sugar Tyme, Velvet Pillar and White Candle.

New construction is the best time to get your landscape off to a good start.  If you have a mature landscape, it might not be practical to remove non-Japanese beetle resistant plants.  If any mature plant material dies, consider replacing it with a resistant variety.  Using Japanese beetle resistant plants will reduce the need for insecticides and other toxic chemicals.