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    Default magnolia

    do bees like the magnolia tree?

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    Default Re: magnolia

    Yes,but the honey is of poor quality(taste).It is a shame it doesn't taste like the blooms smell.

    quote from "American Honey Plants"
    "One beekeeper in Mississippi reports that the honey is so dark and strong as to be unpalatable."
    We have lots of Magnolia here and I agree with the above quote.

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    Default Re: magnolia

    Like everything else there are a lot of species of Magnolia trees. The southern might not taste like the northern. Do they tap maple trees in the south?
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    Like everything else there are a lot of species of Magnolia trees. The southern might not taste like the northern. Do they tap maple trees in the south?
    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan.vick View Post
    Yes
    do you eat the syrup? or feed it to your bees.
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: magnolia

    Ace,we have plenty of maple here in the south and yes,syrup can be made with a great deal of effort.The trees aren't the problem,the weather is.We have no hard weather break to get the sap really flowing.

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    Default Re: magnolia

    I think the lack of the freeze and thaw in the south, would be the big problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gone2seed View Post
    We have no hard weather break to get the sap really flowing.
    You have no snow melt, your winters are dry and the trees bud out quickly.
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: magnolia

    The hive smells wonderful when they collect the nectar.



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    Default Re: magnolia

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    Like everything else there are a lot of species of Magnolia trees. The southern might not taste like the northern. Do they tap maple trees in the south?
    Sorry Brian, my bad-- We don't tap the trees here, I thought you meant do the bees use the maple.

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