Japanese Beetle Adults will feed on trees, shrubs, and flowers. Grubs feed on the roots of grasses below the surface of the soil.

Landscape Plants Likely to be Attractive to Japanese Beetles

  • Japanese Maple
  • Norway Maple
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Hollyhock
  • Gray Birch
  • American Chestnut
  • Rose-of-Sharon, Rose Althea
  • Black Walnut
  • Flowering Crabapple
  • Apple
  • London Planetree
  • Lombardy Poplar
  • Prunus Species (Cherry, black cherry, plum, peach, etc.)
  • Roses
  • Sassafras
  • American Mountain Ash
  • American Linden
  • American Elm
  • English Elm
  • Grape

Plants Seldom Damaged by Japanese Beetles

  • Boxelder
  • Red Maple
  • Silver Maple
  • Boxwood
  • Shagbark Hickory
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Persimmon
  • Euonymus
  • White Ash
  • Green Ash
  • Holly
  • Butternut
  • Tuliptree
  • American Sweetgum
  • Magnolia
  • Red Mulberry
  • White Poplar
  • Common Pear
  • White Oak
  • Scarlet Oak
  • Red Oak
  • Black Oak
  • American Elder
  • Common Lilac
  • Most Evergreen Ornamentals