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

    Hazel nut trees. they max out at about 20 feet,flower early spring (mine are getting ready to flower now) and the nuts are awesome in the fall.

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