The Japanese beetles are continuing to cause plenty of damage to gardens in the area and will for the next few weeks.  Last week I reviewed some of your options for dealing with these pests.  Today I want to share some helpful information on the plants Japanese beetles really love and better yet, the ones they tend to avoid so you can plan accordingly with future plantings if you wish.

Japanese beetles are almost sure to be found on:

  • Birch
  • Linden
  • Apple and crabapple
  • Norway maple
  • Cherry
  • Grape
  • Plum
  • Roses
  • Raspberries
  • Beans


These plants are usually safe from beetle damage:

  • Lilac
  • Red and silver maple
  • Oak
  • Rhododendron
  • Most evergreens
  • Hostas
  • Sedum
  • Impatiens and more!

Proven Winner also has a nice list including other perennials and annuals. Remember most mature trees and shrubs that are otherwise healthy can sustain quite a bit of beetle damage and survive just fine.  You may see beetles on other plants, but they may simply be hanging out and not causing any damage.