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  1. #1
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    Default What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    Trees take a long time to grow, but what trees do you wish you had more of on your property?

    Thinking of planting some trees in the spring and would love to get suggestions.

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    linden trees are bee trees

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    If I had the power to create any 3 trees I would like it would be 3 new varieties of Almonds. The ones for February can stay right were they are at.

    In saying this I am not looking for pollination money. Its all about bee health. Three varieties where each type would bloom every three months throughout the year would conquer just about every bee issue I can imagine setting aside foul brood. There is nothing that pushes the walls off of a box of bees like Almonds. Nothing!!!!!

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    +1 on the linden/basswood tree

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    How many of these linden trees would one need around before you noticed any honey off of them ?

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    I'm going for more SourWood trees myself. Got the seeds for them, just gotta get them growing
    Thomas Bartram - 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harley Craig View Post
    How many of these linden trees would one need around before you noticed any honey off of them ?
    Who knows. Such a question is impossible to answer; there are way too many variables. That said, the one big linden in my front yard positively hums with thousands of bees for a week every summer. That week usually corresponds with the peak of my flow. But it's impossible to quantify.

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    How come nobody mention the bee bee trees?
    I grow them from the seeds easily here. I would like to find a
    source of the sour wood tree seeds also. Where can I get some?
    I luv bee source!

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    Another good one is Vitex, or Chaste Tree.

    https://www.google.com/search?tbm=is...h+Images&gbv=1

    I have two of them here. They bloom in late spring, covered in bees. Cut off the dead blooms when done blooming, then it will bloom again in early fall. Very beautiful showy shrub/bush/tree, depending on how you prune it.
    "A good day is when no one shows up and you don't have to go anywhere." - Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    Another one I really like is European Privet Ligustrum Vulgare
    I have it here, and have gotten seedlings of it planted along several fence lines around the yard and driveway. It blooms in late spring with bees all over it.

    http://www.hybridpoplars.com/privet.htm

    It is a fast grower and can be trimmed as a hedge or tree. There are several kinds of Privit. I don't care for the Texas Privit that I purchased locally, it grows too slow and is more like a small bush for low hedge. The Chinese Privit I have is more like a large bush/shrub. The European Privit is fastest growing and can be a tall thick hedge or a tree either one, depending on your pruning.
    "A good day is when no one shows up and you don't have to go anywhere." - Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by beepro View Post
    How come nobody mention the bee bee trees?
    I grow them from the seeds easily here. I would like to find a
    source of the sour wood tree seeds also. Where can I get some?
    I got mine through datreestore.com I bought 500 with shipping and all came to 6.75..
    Thomas Bartram - 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by beepro View Post
    How come nobody mention the bee bee trees?
    I grow them from the seeds easily here. I would like to find a
    source of the sour wood tree seeds also. Where can I get some?
    not sure about seed but here are actual trees cheap http://shop.arborday.org/product.aspx?zpid=921

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    o any kind of fruit trees
    o linden
    o black locust
    o tulip poplar
    o red maple
    o pussywillow
    o golden rain tree
    o sourwood
    o tupelo
    o other gum trees (tupelo is a gum tree)
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia).

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    Anyone that I should have planted twenty years ago!
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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    o any kind of fruit trees
    o linden
    o black locust
    o tulip poplar
    o red maple
    o pussywillow
    o golden rain tree
    o sourwood
    o tupelo
    o other gum trees (tupelo is a gum tree)
    This list seems to be what I really would love here. Maybe by the time my kids take over the business there will be enough to make an awesome crop or two if I get started now.
    Thomas Bartram - 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    For early pollen more willows.
    More eucalyptus for winter bee food

    For summer bee food
    korean evodia
    pepper
    bottle brush
    acacia

    Find trees that bloom during you're derths.
    Dan

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by gjt View Post
    Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia).
    This ^^^.

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    We have a few huge old tulip poplars on one of our lots. The regret is that just across our property line, a number of these grand old tulip trees have been marked blue, apparently for harvest. We own a back lot that the loggers worked over before we bought it, removing the mature tulip poplars. We with we had them back. There are young trees growing on the back lot but it may be 20 years before they're good bloomers.

    And black locust grows in our area. We used to consider these to be big weeds, but are now regretting our efforts to remove them from our lots.

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    Default Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by RayMarler View Post
    Another one I really like is European Privet Ligustrum Vulgare
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    Around here, Privet honey is considered to have a bad taste and won't sell.
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