Bee Bee Tree

Tetradium daniellii

Genus formerly known as Evodia

Family: Rutaceae

Native Range: Northern China and Korea

Hardiness Zone: 4

Habitat: Prefers moist but well-drained, fertile soil and full sun.

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Description: This deciduous tree grows to be 25 to 30 feet tall, and just as wide. Its leaves are ovate, glossy, dark green, and follow an oppositely compound pattern. There are 7 to 11 leaflets, which are 9 to 15 inches long. Its abundant white flowers bloom in July and August, appearing in flat clusters, which are 4 to 6 inches across. These flowers turn into small red fruits, which change to black in late August through November. The bark is smooth and gray, possessing raised lenticels.

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Care: Young specimens tend to be less cold hardy, so it is best to plant as large a tree as possible. The flowers of this tree are adored by several kinds of bees, so it is wonderful to attract pollinators to your garden, to have near your bee hives, or to just promote the pollination in your area. It is relatively disease resistant, and is drought tolerant. Pruning is required for strong structure, as the wood is weak and susceptible to breaks. 

Find It: Our bee bee tree can be found on our Great Lawn, on the right, if you are facing the Silver Educational Center. Follow the sound of the bees! Take a picture and tag us using #foundatthebartlett when you find it!

References:
UCONN Plant Database
Missouri Botanical Garden
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences