The thing about honeybees is they go for abundant sources of pollen and nectar and communicate where the food is by means of a waggle dance. So a maple tree that's 60' tall is likely going to win out to an apple tree that's only 15' tall. There is more to forage on the maple tree and more bees are waggle dancing about it too. Bees are loyal to one particular plant species when they go foraging, and rarely change plants mid foraging trip. This is why you never see honeybees... bees in general with multicolored baskets of pollen on their legs or under the abdomen.
So early on, I find lots of native/solitary bees on my apple and other fruit trees because they're barely taller than I am. If I had an orchard of maybe 6+ trees of one species all flowering at once, and in close proximity of each other, they'd stand a better chance of getting honeybees. Not that it's horribly important to do this, as long as my honeybees are working something does it really matter? The fact that Blue Orchard Masonbees, Osmia cf. lignaria, and a diversity of other bees are visiting my trees isn't a bad thing either.
More commonly I hear examples of native bees being "Better" pollinators of certain plants. The Sunflower Bee, Squash Bee, and Rose Mallow Bee can be found on a variety of flowers but all specialize on feeding pollen to their brood of which the plants they are named after. Well Duh! I'd hope such bees that specialize in one type of pollen would at least pollinate the plant.
Most of the time when this argument is used, it's usually about food crops so maybe scientists have a point. Alfalfa Bees are better pollinators than Honeybees but farms overall aren't designed with native bee populations in mind. Honeybee hives help to pollinate the middle of the fields where natives don't fly to as much.
It's not a fair argument to compare 1 bee species to 4,500 others. This is like comparing your grades in school to 4,500 other students in your class. (Chances are you sucked at least one subject in school or our right avoided some like music, art, gym, computer programming, other languages, shop, sex ed, driver's ed, or some other class. Maybe its your own fault for not having hair, or lack there of, on the right part of your body?)
The honey produced by many plants varies considerably. With honeybees plants like Sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale, produce copious amounts of pollen, however the honey produced by this plant is described as tasting so f***ing awful that it tents to ruin all other types of honey its mixed with.
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae. Of the 8 Aster genera found in North America (The Alpine Aster is still in the true Aster genus as I learned,) Symphyotrichum is probably the most prized by honeybees. New England Asters in particular seem to take the fewest number of plants to attract copious numbers of them too. Another fun fact, this is the image I decided to use for the cover of my book.