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  1. #1
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    Mar 2011
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    Princeton, Kentucky, USA
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    Default Does the variety of basswood tree matter?

    I've thought about planting a few basswood trees on my place just to watch and give the bees a little something to go after. Searching on the internet I noticed there are different varieties of basswood (linden) trees. There are littleleafs, silvers, and American. Does the variety matter, or are all basswoods good for bees?

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    GREENWOOD INDIANA USA
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    Default Re: Does the variety of basswood tree matter?

    Hi Jon,
    I don't know if variety makes a difference but there are 7 mature Basswoods where I work. Some years the trees smell wonderfully and the trees are full of bees. Other years, like last year, the trees had very little smell and the bees were not interested.

  3. #3
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    Coopersville, Michigan
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    Default Re: Does the variety of basswood tree matter?

    Don't know if ones better than the other, but I'd check the distribution and pick one that grows in the area.
    http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/data/atlas/little/
    I don't know if anything other than Americana would grow by me, but you are probably on the edge of a couple of their natural habitats.

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