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    I have several acers and considering planting trees for the bees. I already have a few sourwood trees in the ground and was wondering what other kinds of trees would be good and make good honey?

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    Default Re: Trees For Bees

    good list here

    And welcome aboard !

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norther...for_honey_bees

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    Quote Originally Posted by WardFarm55 View Post
    I have several acers and considering planting trees for the bees. I already have a few sourwood trees in the ground and was wondering what other kinds of trees would be good and make good honey?
    Black locust, basswood, tulip poplar, hows that for a start.

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    Bee bee tree and vitex.

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    manuka

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    Lonicera caerulea edulis or Honey berry

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    Default Re: Trees For Bees

    As new bewekeeper, I read the preceeding thread on trees that are beneficial for the honey bee. I have a few willows, maples, blk locust, and several poplars surrounding my bee yard. Are these good sources of early pollen/nectar? I'm in upstate NY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zanderk_98 View Post
    As new bewekeeper, I read the preceeding thread on trees that are beneficial for the honey bee. I have a few willows, maples, blk locust, and several poplars surrounding my bee yard. Are these good sources of early pollen/nectar? I'm in upstate NY.
    The willows and maples (esp. the red maple) are excellent early pollen/nectar sources. The black locust is an excellent source of nectar (not sure about pollen), that blooms a bit later. In our area, the tulip poplar, which blooms in May or June, is our main honey flow.

    Shane

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    Default Re: Trees For Bees

    Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) on edges of woods, quick growing and will produce good in 3-5 years. Collect the seeds in the fall and plan in the spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UTvolshype View Post
    Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) on edges of woods, quick growing and will produce good in 3-5 years. Collect the seeds in the fall and plan in the spring.
    The sumac's bloom in late summer here. Which is a great boon to our bees, since little is blooming that time of year.

    Shane

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    I have a corkscrew willow in my front yard that is covered with bees in the spring. I'm assuming for the pollen. You can hear the buzz walking by it.

    Corkscrew_Willow

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