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    Default Good bee trees in Illinois?

    Hello! I was wondering, what are some good trees that reside in Illinois (or that will survive in Illinois without becoming very invasive) that are a major bee favorite? Also, it has to be a tree that doesn't get too large. I was thinking about getting a tulip poplar but they are said to grow pretty large, and I'm not sure if I'll have enough space for it in the future. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Good bee trees in Illinois?

    Tulip Poplars do not grow pretty large,...they get massive!
    It takes a family to raise a family, it takes a village to really screw that up... Djei5

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    Default Re: Good bee trees in Illinois?

    Quote Originally Posted by djei5 View Post
    Tulip Poplars do not grow pretty large,...they get massive!
    Haha, that they do. What I said was an understatement! But if in the future if I have a large plot of land I'll plant a tree or too.

    And I was looking into black locust, but I keep getting conflicting responses of how large they get. Can anyone chime in?

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    Default Re: Good bee trees in Illinois?

    It takes a family to raise a family, it takes a village to really screw that up... Djei5

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    Default Re: Good bee trees in Illinois?

    Quote Originally Posted by djei5 View Post
    Just when I read it was a medium sized tree .-.
    Does anyone know of a small to mediumish sized tree that bees love?

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    Default Re: Good bee trees in Illinois?

    What about a buckeye tree (need shallow wetter soils), not sure if bees enjoy the nectar but the blooms are beatiful in spring. GO BUCKS!!!!

    Yellow Tulip poplar will eventually grow huge in the wild. Their trunks are straight like telephone poles, 3-4 ft in diameter. I bet there are smaller propagated varieties available at nurseries.

    Most crab apples, magnolias are on the smaller side along with crepe myrtle. red bud (need afternoon shade)

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