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The Bee Bee Tree is a small tree that bees find irresistible. It is covered in fragrant, nectar filled flowers every July and August. This is the ultimate “Bee Tree”. Hardy in zones 5 to 8.
Korean Bee Bee Tree-Evodia danielli or Tetradium danielli. Also known as- Evodia hupehensis or Evodia henryi or Evodia velutina( Taxonomists need another hobby)Other common names: Honey Tree and One Hundred Thousand Flowers.
The Bee Bee Tree is a fast growing tree that can range from 20 to 60 feet tall depending on the site. It is hardy from zone 6 to zone 9 and marginal in zone 5b. Bee Bee’s healthy glossy green foliage is followed by flowers during it’s main bloom period in July and August with sporadic blooms through October. Bloom clusters are large and quite fragrant, filling the area with their rich perfume. Bee Bee blooms are very attractive to bees and are a tremendous source of honey. The nectar from the Bee Bee can range from 44% to 64% sugar. Lots of Flowers= Lots of Nectar= Lots of Honey. Bee Bee flowers are also a good pollen source.
After blooming the flower clusters turn a very attractive red and are quite showy through the fall. The Bee Bee produces many shiny black seeds that are relished by birds. Bee Bee Trees begin blooming in their 4th or 5th year. They have a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years. Bee Bees will produce more flowers in full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. They need a moist, well drained soil. Beauty and productivity are the by words of the Bee Bee Tree.