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  1. #1
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    Question Backyard: if there was one tree you could buy, which one and why

    I have space to put in one tree in my backyard. Which one should I get for the bees? Can't get bigger than 20 feet.
    Thank you

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    Default Re: Backyard: if there was one tree you could by, which one and why

    Ca Privet only gets about 20' & blooms in the summer when most trees are finished. They have purple seeds on them right now in my neighborhood. Grows like a weed easy to start.
    The Bee Bee tree also blooms in the summer. Might get to tall?

    My why on choosing them is the bloom time, & that the bees really work them.
    If you didn't have the height restriction I'd add some winter blooming eucalyptus.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Backyard: if there was one tree you could by, which one and why

    I would recommend a BeeBee tree, it stays small and is in bloom after a most of the flow is drawing down in Menlo Park. Also rare and special in your area. Luckily for you there is a very honest supplier for these trees close to you, check out this thread:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ree-Whip/page2

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    Default Re: Backyard: if there was one tree you could by, which one and why

    How about a dwarf variety fruit tree?

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    Default Re: Backyard: if there was one tree you could by, which one and why

    There are lots of great trees out there. I haven't bought a single plant for our yard in 10+years that wasn't a good bee plant. BUT, what you should do is some homework... find a tree that blooms during a dearth in your area. Adding a crabapple in an area dense with crabapples, well it's a great bee tree but if you want to help the colonies out (and have denser foraging and viewing), pick something hardy that meets a forage need in your locale. The easy way is to wait until a dearth, and then go to the tree center and see what has tons of bees on it .
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

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    Default Re: Backyard: if there was one tree you could by, which one and why

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Brewcat View Post
    The easy way is to wait until a dearth, and then go to the tree center and see what has tons of bees on it .
    Haha I do that, easy way to determine which plant to buy!
    Think about it....Buy American

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    Default Re: Backyard: if there was one tree you could by, which one and why

    I'm curious about peppermint peach trees....lots of flowers and blooms twice a year.

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