Native plants are becoming more popular in landscaping because of their restorative role for natural habitats critical for a healthy ecological system. These plants help to sustain birds, pollinators, and insects that contribute to the natural habitat.
Native species that are planted are easier to establish because they need less water, fertilizer, and care. They thrive without help because they belong there.
For example, a native oak tree supports over 500 species of caterpillars while a ginkgo, a commonly planted landscape tree from Asia, hosts just five species of caterpillars. When it takes over 6,000 caterpillars to raise one brood of chickadees, the difference is significant.1